The Vermont Department of Corrections is announcing 28 incarcerated individuals and three staff members tested positive for COVID-19 at Northern State Correctional Facility (NSCF) in Newport during testing on Tuesday. Twenty-five of the incarcerated individuals reside in the same unit where three prior positive cases originated. Of the three prior positive cases, two are recent transfers from Northwest State Correctional Facility (NWSCF) in St. Albans where 15 incarcerated individuals have tested positive since Jan. 30. The remaining three cases detected at NSCF on Wednesday are from three different general population units. The Newport facility is on full lockdown and contact tracing is underway. Vermont DOC and Vermont Department of Health are coordinating on follow-up testing. As of Wednesday afternoon, 45 incarcerated individuals are considered positive across three Vermont facilities. Statewide, 24 positive staff cases currently exist across six correctional facilities, three field offices, and Central Office. Families and friends of incarcerated individuals are encouraged to reach out to the Vermont DOC Office with questions.