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COVID-19 death toll in Indiana state prisons increases to 53

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Posted at 2:36 PM, Jan 21, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-21 14:36:59-05

INDIANAPOLIS — The COVID-19 death toll in Indiana's state prisons increased to 53 after three inmates died recently at Miami Correctional Facility, according to statistics from the Indiana Department of Correction.

Four state prison staff members and 49 offenders statewide have died with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.

According to the IDOC numbers, there have been tests administered to 5,732 staff members with 1,560 positive cases. There have been 15,188 tests administered to inmates with 3,271 positive cases. Currently, 498 inmates are in quarantine, while 160 are in isolation with COVID-19.

To date, 10 inmates have died at both Miami and New Castle, eight at Plainfield, six at Westville, four at Pendleton, three each at Correctional Industrial and Putnamville, two each at Indiana State Prison and Wabash Valley, one at Branchville.

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

New Castle has the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 among inmates with 356, along with 102 staff members.