Has DOC tested any incarcerated person to date for COVID-19? Does every state prison have tests to conduct COVID-19 testing? What type of test is it?
Yes, DOC has begun testing incarcerated people (as of March 24, 31 incarcerated people had reportedly been tested, but only six tests have come back, all negative). Aggregate testing data is available on DOC's COVID-19 website and OCO has asked for a facility breakdown of those testing numbers.
According to DOC's COVID-19 webpage FAQs, "Department of Corrections is testing patients when the health care practitioner determines there is a need. As of Friday March 13, 2020, every facility has access to testing, but additional viral swabs have been ordered. There are three different labs that can process tests after DOC has obtained the sample. All of the tests require nose and throat swabs. Each lab has their own instructions. Regardless of the specimen type the test is the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Real-Time Reverse Transcriptase (RT)-PCR Diagnostic Panel developed by the CDC."