Fort Dix COVID-19 outbreak jumps with 789 inmates infected

New cases grow by 200 since last week, 23 staff also reported positive for the virus

The active COVID-19 outbreak at the Federal Correctional Institution at Fort Dix is now up to 789 inmates and 23 staff, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. That’s an increase of more than 200 cases since NJ Spotlight News reported last week. The outbreak now includes nearly 30% of the low-security facility’s total inmate population of 2,700.

The federal Bureau of Prisons wouldn’t comment Monday on the outbreak, but has maintained that “the majority of positive inmates are asymptomatic and healthy.” Family members and attorneys for inmates at the prison dispute those claims, citing prisoners experiencing serious symptoms.

Fort Dix is not among the 48 federal corrections facilities that have begun vaccinations, despite having the largest COVID-19 outbreak of any federal prison in the country. For now, all immunizations are being reserved for prison staff only.