Indiana reports additional COVID-19 death at New Castle prison

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Posted at 12:44 PM, Oct 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-22 12:44:47-04

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Corrections reported Thursday an inmate at the New Castle Correctional Facility died with COVID-19.

The total death toll with the novel coronavirus among offenders and staff members at Indiana prisons now stands at 30, according to the IDOC.

Twenty-eight offenders statewide have died with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19. There have also been two state prison staff members who died after testing positive for the virus.

According to the IDOC numbers, there have been tests administered to 2,663 staff members with 552 positive cases. There have been 7,311 tests administered to offenders with 1,443 positive cases. Currently, 398 inmates are in quarantine, while 154 are in isolation with COVID-19.

To date, nine inmates have died at New Castle, eight at Plainfield, six at Westville, four at Pendleton and one at Miami.

New Castle has the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 among inmates with 286, along with 47 staff members. Westville has had 261 inmates and 116 staff members test positive, according to IDOC.