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Almost 2,000 coronavirus cases reported at Ohio prison

Nearly 2,000 confirmed coronavirus cases have been reported at an Ohio prison, according to state officials.

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction reported 1,828 inmates tested positive for COVID-19 at the Marion Correctional Institution. That represents 73 percent of the total number of inmates at the prison, The Columbus Dispatch reported.

An additional 109 staff members at the prison have reported positive COVID-19 tests, the department reported. 

Across all Ohio prisons, there are 2,400 confirmed positive COVD-19 cases among inmates, based on department data. The department reported six probable COVID-19-related inmate deaths and one staff death. 

Ohio’s department of correction is reportedly testing all staff and inmates — even those who are not symptomatic — at the Marion Correctional Institute, as well as at the Pickaway Correctional Institution and the Franklin Medical Center, which is Ohio’s medical facility for inmates. 

The Dispatch reported that the inmate infections account for 21 percent of the total confirmed cases in Ohio. 

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ohio rose to 11,292 on Sunday, based on state data. Ohio reported 2,565 hospitalizations and 471 total deaths.

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