Covid infections at Snake River Correctional Institution nearly double in one month

Snake River Correctional Institution outside Ontario. (FILE/The Enterprise)

ONTARIO—The coronavirus continues to spread through the Snake River Correctional Institution, with the number of inmates infected almost doubling in the past 30 days.

The prison remains a major source of Covid cases in Malheur County and has one of the highest infection rates among Oregon’s 14 prisons.

As of Sept. 24, the Oregon Department of Corrections reported a total of 394 inmate cases since the first one was detected in the Ontario prison in July. Four inmates have died. The department also reported a total of 139 employees at the prison have tested positive.

“We don’t have a specific reason to link the cases from this last month,” said Amber Campbell, Snake River spokesperson.

Among Oregon prisons, Snake River's . . .