Spokesperson Sarah Gallagher said in an email that because many staff members receive vaccinations in the community, they’re not able to track the total number.
On Dec. 21, Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation Chief of Staff Dr. Ellen Hodges said that over 80% of the correctional center’s inmates had tested positive for COVID-19.
At Goose Creek Correctional Center outside of Wasilla, nearly 800 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 out of an inmate population of about 1,300.
As of Dec. 3, 46 inmates out of 207 at the Bethel jail had active cases of COVID-19.
The Department of Corrections said they don’t know the source of the outbreak.
Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corporation announced 15 cases last week, the biggest spike in positive cases since the pandemic began.
City officials say the individual was isolated from the time they arrived at the facility until they were released on Wednesday. They have since been ordered to isolate away from others.
The facility’s most recent case was discovered after the state Department of Corrections tested 73 staff and 168 inmates two weeks ago.
This 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.
The Department of Corrections did not announce the three most recent cases among staff at the facility.