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New cases of COVID-19 at state prisons suggest a leveling off among inmates

Latest figure from Department of Correction
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Posted at 4:37 PM, May 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-18 16:50:30-04

INDIANAPOLIS — COVID-19 cases among staff and offenders at Indiana state prisons appear to be leveling off.

New figures were released Monday by the Department of Correction.

Among prison employees, 287 have tested positive for the virus. That's up 23 from one week ago. The COVID-19 death toll among staff remains at two. The highest incidence of positive tests is among employees at the Westville Correctional Facility in LaPorte County, the Plainfield Correctional Facility and the Pendleton Juvenile Facility.

Statewide, 17 prisoners have died or are suspected to have died from COVID-19. That's up one from last week.

627 offenders, or about half of the 1,260 who have been tested came back with positive results, and increase of 41 fron one week ago. The worst outbreak remains at Westville, where 177 of 208 tests were positive.

There are 115 confirmed offender cases at the Reception and Diagnostic Center and 115 at the Plainfield Correctional Facility.