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Table 4 Case identification and intervention policies

From: Policy and public communication methods among U.S. state prisons during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic

Policy Description Frequency Policy Type Policy Form Who Policy Primarily Affects
N % DOC-specific Public health Expand access Mandate change Resident Staff System
Staff verbal symptom screening occurring on site 48 96%   X   X   X  
Staff temperature checks occurring on site 44 88%   X   X   X  
Residents moved to medical isolation when COVID+ 43 86%   X   X X   
Testing available to residents who are symptomatic 41 82%   X X   X   
New resident intakes/transfers are screened 40 80% X    X X   
Residents being mass tested at any pointa 36 72% X    X X   
Residents moved to medical isolation if they were in contact with someone who tested COVID+ 30 60%   X   X X   
Residents moved to medical isolation when COVID test results are pending 29 58%   X   X X   
Suspended resident medical co-pays for COVID-19 or related symptoms 20 40% X   X   X   
Staff testing required at facility 17 34%   X   X   X  
Staff testing available but not required on-site 12 24%   X X    X  
Suspended resident medical co-pays fully 11 22% X   X   X   
Staff testing optional through private health care provider 6 12%   X X    X  
Testing available to anyone in the facility upon request 2 4%   X X   X X  
% of policies monitored of total in category    28.6% 71.4% 42.9% 57.1% 64.3% 42.9% 0%
  1. aNote: No policies were mutually exclusive and percentage values indicate whether a policy has ever been released. Thus, policies that may seem as though they should total to 100% (e.g., staff masking optional and staff masking required) will not. Policies changed over time and therefore prison systems could have had both policies in place at some point during the pandemic