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32 COVID-19 cases reported at Maui jail

COVID-19 cases have been rising at the Maui Community Correctional Center, where active cases were reported in 29 inmates and three staff members.

The numbers, released Wednesday, reflected counts updated Tuesday at the Wailuku jail. A week earlier, there were seven active inmate cases and five active employee cases reported.

The increase is occurring six weeks after the Department of Public Safety reported May 18 that MCCC’s inmate population was “clear of all active COVID-19 cases.”

In recent weeks, several inmates have been reported to be “medically unavailable” for hearings in 2nd Circuit Court.

“The jails and prisons are doing the best they can to provide safe and secure housing during this ongoing pandemic,” according to the department. “Each facility has adapted the pandemic plan, which is based on Department of Health and CDC guidelines for correctional facilities, to meet their individual facility needs and are executing their plans, to the best of their ability, to medically isolate and quarantine inmates.”

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