Big Island Coronavirus Updates

DPS: 1 Inmate, 2 Staff Members at HCCC Test Positive for COVID

February 8, 2022, 6:30 AM HST
* Updated February 7, 8:09 PM
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The state Department of Public Safety reported Monday that one inmate and two staff members at Hawai’i Community Correctional Center in Hilo have tested positive for COVID-19.

The positive cases were among five inmate test results received by the department.

COVID-19 testing is continuously being conducted in state prisons and jails as well as the contracted Saguaro Correctional Center in Eloy, Ariz.

The latest testing updates for the correctional facilities are:

  • Hawai‘i Community Correctional Center: Five inmate test results; one positive, four negative. Two positive staff test results were reported.
  • Halawa Correctional Facility (O‘ahu): 116 inmate test results; 27 positive, 89 negative, 107 inmates have recovered. There was also one positive employee result reported.
  • Kaua‘i Community Correctional Center: 44 inmate test results; eight positive, 36 negative.
  • O‘ahu Community Correctional Center: Four positive inmate test results and four positive staff test results reported.
  • Maui Community Correctional Center: 42 inmate test results; three positive, 39 negative, 58 inmates have recovered. One positive staff test result and two staff recoveries were reported.
  • Waiawa Correctional Facility (O‘ahu): One positive staff test result reported.

COVID-19 updates for other DPS Divisions:

  • Sheriff Division: One positive staff test result reported.

The Department of Public Safety continues to encourage all staff and inmates to voluntarily get tested and receive the COVID-19 vaccine.


For more detailed inmate testing data, the department’s Pandemic Plan and information about response efforts made to safeguard inmates, staff and the public, visit the DPS’s dedicated COVID-19 webpage.

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