COVID-19 numbers increase inside Indiana prison system

15 offenders now dead from the virus
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Posted at 2:37 PM, May 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-07 14:40:07-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The latest figures from the Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) show a jump in the number of COVID-19 cases among staff and offenders.

Of the 877 prisoners tested for the virus, 520 have come back positive. There there have been 12 confirmed COVID-19 inmate deaths and 3 additional deaths believed to be the result of the virus.

The Westville Correctional Facility in northern Indiana, with more than 3,000 inmates, remains the top trouble spot. Of the 199 offenders tested there, 169 positive results have come back. Five Westville offenders have died from the virus.

The Reception and Diagnostic Center in Hendricks County has tested 301 inmates with 109 positive results. Also in Hendricks County, at the Plainfield Correctional Facility, there have been 102 positive results among the 130 offenders tested.

In all, IDOC currently lists 863 inmates statewide in quarantine or isolation.

Among prison staff, 919 employees have been tested with 242 positive results. There have been two staff deaths connected to the virus. 159 of those who tested positive have recovered.