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Indiana reports first inmate death from COVID-19 since mid-June

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Posted at 9:23 PM, Sep 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-03 21:23:10-04

INDIANAPOLIS — For the first time since mid-June, the Indiana Department of Correction is reporting an inmate death from COVID-19.

The new figures from IDOC reflect a recent inmate death at the New Castle Correctional Facility in Henry County. The total death toll from the novel coronavirus among staff members and offenders at Indiana prisons now stands at 23.

Statewide, there have been 21 offenders who have died from confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19. There have also been two state prison staff members who have died from the virus.

According to the IDOC numbers, there have been tests administered to 2,047 staff members with 430 positive cases. There have been 4,060 tests administered to offenders with 1,028 positive cases.

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

Westville has the most confirmed cases of COVID-19 among inmates at 218, according to IDOC.