Northern Indiana prison on lockdown amid COVID-19 outbreak

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Posted at 3:32 PM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 15:32:59-04

BUNKER HILL (AP) — A northern Indiana prison has been placed on lockdown after weekend testing found nearly 60 inmates and several prison workers were positive for COVID-19.

The Miami Correctional Facility's spokesman, James Frye, said Wednesday that a team from the Indiana State Department of Health did rapid testing at the prison over the weekend.

Before that testing, two inmates and five staffers had tested positive for COVID-19.

But the Kokomo Tribune reports that by Wednesday, testing found 60 offenders and 10 staff members were positive for COVID-19.

National Guard units began helping operate the prison in August, after several prison workers were stricken with COVID-19.