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Staff member at Putnamville prison dies with COVID-19

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Posted at 2:21 PM, Oct 26, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Department of Corrections reported Monday a staff member at the Putnamville 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 31, according to the IDOC.

Three state prison staff members and 28 offenders statewide have died with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.

According to the IDOC numbers, there have been tests administered to 2,761 staff members with 565 positive cases. There have been 7,535 tests administered to offenders with 1,469 positive cases. Currently, 555 inmates are in quarantine, while 144 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. The Indiana Women's Prison, Putnamville and Wabash Valley have each reported one staff member death.

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.