Deer Ridge Prison Housing Unit, near Madras; placed in isolation due to COVID-19

MADRAS, Ore. (KTVZ) — Oregon’s newest state prison, Deer Ridge Correctional Institution east of Madras, has isolated one housing unit of nearly 130 inmates “due to health concerns” but has had no positive cases of the COVID-19 virus, an Oregon Department of Corrections representative said.

Like the 13 other state prisons, Deer Ridge has been on modified operations since March 13, when the system suspended visitors for the first time ever, as well as volunteer services and most contract employees, Sharon Ball, a management assistant at Deer Ridge, told NewsChannel 21.

More details from KTVZ here.