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Second mass testing conducted of Women’s Prison inmates

September 25, 2020

Second mass testing conducted of Women’s Prison inmates

PIERRE, S.D.- The Department of Corrections in conjunction with the Department of Health conducted another mass testing event at the South Dakota Women’s Prison. This week, two housing units consisting of 112 inmates were tested.

A total of 51 inmates in the C and D housing units of the Women’s Prison tested positive for COVID-19. The other 61 inmates in those housing units tested negative.

Ninety-two inmates housed at the Pierre Community Work Center who tested positive are now considered to be recovered.

Those numbers will be reflected in the tally that is updated on the DOC website at

In total, 172 inmates in Pierre have tested positive, 19 have been symptomatic, 178 have tested negative, and 93 have recovered.

“The health and safety of our staff and inmates is our number one priority,” said Mike Leidholt, Secretary of Corrections. “We will continue to work closely with DOH and follow the Centers for Disease Control guidelines.”

DOH and DOC staff are continuing with the screening of inmates, including regular temperature checks. All inmates and staff are required to wear masks in the facilities. Inmates are encouraged to practice proper hygiene and hand washing. Cleaning and disinfecting practices are continuing.

Staff who interact directly with inmates who have tested positive are wearing personal protective equipment, including masks, gowns, gloves, and face shields/goggles.

There are multiple housing units for females in Pierre. The Women’s Prison consists of housing units or cell blocks A, B, C and D. Unit E is a separate building located behind the Women’s Prison. The Pierre Community Work Center is located east of the main prison and the National Guard Armory.