Corrections officers wait outside of a cell during a weekly inspection at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau on June 18, 2016. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)
State officials say every staff member and inmate at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau will be tested for COVID-19 starting Thursday.
That comes after two more staff members tested positive for the disease this week, more than a month after the first case was detected at the facility. So far, 10 staff members at the facility have contracted the virus.
Department of Corrections spokesperson Sarah Gallagher wrote in an email that the tests arrived in Juneau Wednesday and medical staff and public health nurses began testing at the facility Thursday morning. They estimate it will take three days to finish testing everyone.