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Updated: Friday, September 25, 2020


The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) is committed to protecting the health and well being of our staff, inmates, and detainees who live and work in our facilities. DPSCS, in conjunction with Maryland Department of Health (MDH) and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA), are closely monitoring developments associated with COVID-19. DPSCS is prepared to handle any potential cases of COVID-19 within the state-operated correctional institutions in Maryland.


Updated: Friday, September 25, 2020

Pursuant to the Governor’s order, the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) is conducting universal testing at all facilities.

DPSCS is committed to providing accurate data regarding the number of positive COVID-19 cases within the inmate population in its correctional institutions. These numbers are updated weekly on our website.

Public Data Note: Staff reported tests include both state employees and contractual employees working within the Department’s correctional facilities who have reported cases to the Department’s Office of Nursing, Occupational Health & Safety. The Department tracks reported positive employee tests conducted by community providers as part of its COVID response and facility planning. Test outcomes of non-facility staff are not reported here, but are included in the Department’s state reporting. Totals may differ from facility-specific figures to account for pending and negative tests. Department-administered test outcomes are reported separately. Prior to May 20th, the Department conducted tests of symptomatic individuals according to existing CDC and Maryland Department of Health guidance. Shifts in testing methodology toward wide-scale targeted and asymptomatic testing began on May 21st have begun to increase the number of negative test results within the Department’s records.


The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPSCS) is committed to transparency and is pleased to make its Executive Policies and Procedures available online, including those policies and procedures implemented in response to COVID-19.  Please click the button below to access and search DPSCS policies and procedures.


 


 

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