The deputy has already put the state on the hook for more than $7 million in damages, a case that revealed shortcomings in the jail’s practices for handling women prisoners.
The deputy sheriff accused of assault maintains he did nothing wrong.
Corrections chief says planning to replace Oahu Community Correctional Center will continue.
The unidentified inmates appeared in court and later tested positive for COIVD-19, a jail official said.
George Shimabuku, 84, is one of four Hawaii prisoners serving time in Arizona who died with the disease.
Inmates and staff at correctional facilities are being infected at a higher rate than anyone else.
Shifts in the Oahu jail population suggest the state should reconsider the size of the new facility.
So far 169 inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus at the state’s largest prison.
So far at least 89 inmates and staff members have been infected at Halawa Correctional Facility.