3 Lansing Correctional Facility workers test positive for COVID-19

Lansing Correctional Facility
Posted at 10:14 PM, Mar 31, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-31 23:14:20-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Three staffers at the Lansing Correctional Facility have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a news release from the Kansas Department of Corrections.

The cases – one male older than 20 and two females older than 40 – are the first in a KDOC facility.

KDOC is investigating who had close contact with any of the three people who tested positive and notifying those individuals. Residents who had “close contact” will be moved to medical isolation and monitored, according to the release.

KDOC staff also will remain “diligent in monitoring other staff and residents for symptoms” of the novel coronavirus.

KDOC Secretary Jeff Zmuda said in a news release that because of the the way the virus spreads, they “anticipated that this day may come.”

“With the support and guidance of KDHE and Governor [Laura] Kelly, and the hard work of our staff members, we are ready to care for our residents and those we serve in the community,” Zmuda said.

Nearly 2,000 offenders reside at the facility, which is located roughly 30 miles northwest of Kansas City, Missouri.