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Restricted visiting at Jefferson City Correctional Center will resume Aug. 6, the Missouri Department of Corrections announced Wednesday.

Visiting spots will be available Thursday through Sunday each week at JCCC, according to a DOC news release.

"As the Missouri Department of Corrections continues to conduct mass COVID-19 testing among offenders and staff at all state prisons, we will begin a gradual return to more normal operations at sites where there are no cases of COVID-19," the news release stated.

DOC's website reported Wednesday that mass testing of offenders and staff had been completed at JCCC and Algoa Correctional Center in Jefferson City, Fulton Reception and Diagnostic Center and Tipton Correctional Center.

DOC reported 19,483 inmates had been tested in the state but did not list a number for staff.

Since March, no cases had been found at JCCC and one offender who has since recovered was infected at Algoa.

There are two active staff cases and one active offender case at FRDC, where another staff member and three other offenders have already recovered.

There was one active and one recovered offender case at Tipton.

Cremer Therapeutic Community Center in Fulton also reported one active and one recovered offender case.

Visiting continues Thursday through Sunday at Algoa and South Central Correctional Center in Licking. Visiting at Maryville Treatment Center in Maryville is only Saturdays and Sundays, and visiting at all other DOC facilities remains suspended until further notice.

All visits are by appointment and must be scheduled by calling the facility. Contact information and the full list of visiting restrictions in place is available at doc.mo.gov/programs/family-friends/visiting.

Visitors should ask to speak to the staff member in charge of the visiting schedule.

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The visiting rooms are only open to 30 percent capacity, with two-hour slots and two visitors per offender allowed.

DOC spokeswoman Karen Pojmann said Wednesday the number of visiting spots allowed each day at JCCC or Algoa will depend on how many people register.

Pojmann added, "Pre-COVID, visiting took place three days a week (Friday through Sunday), and there were two visiting times per day, four hours each — six visiting times per week. Now we have visiting four days a week, with up to four visiting slots lasting two hours each — up to 16 visiting slots per week.

"But the rooms are at 30 percent capacity. Because the visiting times are shortened, which might deter some people from making long drives, and because people are being cautious regarding the pandemic, fewer people have been scheduling visits. Pre-COVID, Algoa had about 90 visitors per week, and now there are about 35 per week."

The other visiting restrictions in place — in addition to the standard ones — include that any visitor who is visibly ill may be turned away, there will be a maximum of two visits per month, children younger than 18 will be allowed, face masks will be required and visitors must bring their own, and there will be no physical contact allowed between visitors and offenders.

People visiting loved ones are also being encouraged to get tested for COVID-19 within seven days of a planned visit.

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