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92 percent of inmates tested for COVID-19 at Indiana prison receive positive results

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The vast majority of inmates that were tested for COVID-19 at a prison in Westville, Ind., have been diagnosed with the virus, officials revealed this week.

The District 1 Hospital Emergency Planning Committee, which spans several counties in the state, disclosed the findings at a meeting this week, the Chicago Tribune reported Wednesday.

The group said about 92 percent of the 137 inmates tested for the virus at the Westville Correctional Facility have received positive results.

{mosads}According to the Indiana Department of Correction, the medium security facility has a population of about 3,200 inmates. The 128 infected inmates counted at the prison so far make up the majority of the 238 confirmed cases of the virus recorded among offenders in the state, according to data from the department

The racial breakdown of the cases is unclear at this time. The Hill has reached out to the facility for more information. 

The report comes as a number of state corrections departments across the country have worked to suspend personal visits and release low-level offenders, among other actions, in an effort to prevent serious coronavirus outbreaks in jails and prisons.

Attorney General William Barr also ordered facilities in a number of states, including Louisiana and Ohio, where one prison reported nearly 2,000 confirmed cases of the virus last week, to release some offenders amid the outbreak after pressure from Democrats.

A Justice Department official told The Associated Press earlier this month that the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General will also be carrying out inspections to assess efforts being made at federal Bureau of Prisons facilities to stem the spread of the outbreak.

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