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COVID-19 death toll in Indiana state prisons increases to 45

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Posted at 2:14 PM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 12:23:40-05

INDIANAPOLIS — Two inmates Miami Correctional Facility have died with COVID-19, increasing the death toll at state prisons in Indiana to 45, according to statistics from the Indiana Department of Correction.

Three state prison staff members and 42 offenders statewide have died with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.

According to the IDOC numbers, there have been tests administered to 5,001 staff members with 1,305 positive cases. There have been 13,015 tests administered to inmates with 2,942 positive cases. Currently, 872 inmates are in quarantine, while 472 are in isolation with COVID-19.

To date, nine inmates have died at New Castle, eight at Plainfield, seven at Miami, six at Westville, four at Pendleton, three at Putnamville, two at Indiana State and one each at Branchville, Correctional Industrial and Wabash Valley.

The three staff member fatalities included one each at Indiana Women's, Putnamville and Wabash Valley.

New Castle has the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 among inmates with 336, along with 86 staff members.