It has been reported that there have been cases of COVID-19 reported within the Arkansas Department of Corrections over the past week.

Information was released on the Arkansas Department of Corrections Facebook page Saturday afternoon about the cases they have, and how they are working to combat the virus.

“We understand. We know you’re worried about COVID-19, and the dangers it poses to the people of the Arkansas Department of Corrections, to both our employees and the offenders. We understand, and we want to help. That’s why we’ve taken so many steps to limit the number of people coming inside the prisons, community correction centers, the parole/probation offices, and our central offices. That’s why we’re constantly taking temperatures, looking for symptoms, and disinfecting.

We’ve suspended the medical co-pay and lowered the cost of phone calls and video visitation.

And now, we are going to provide you with the latest information we have. Starting next week, we will provide new numbers every Tuesday and Friday on the number of employees and inmates who are quarantined because they’ve tested positive for the virus.

You will see this same graphic each time, but the numbers will change as needed. We hope they go down. Except for the zeroes. We like the zeroes, and we’ll do everything we can to keep them.”

As of Saturday, no inmates or security staff members have tested positive for the virus. Two members of facility non-security staff have tested positive, as have two non-facility staff members according to information provided by the ADC.