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New Hampshire's largest jail struggling with COVID-19 outbreak

New Hampshire's largest jail is struggling with a coronavirus outbreak. 

There are currently 120 positive COVID-19 infections associated with an outbreak at the Hillsborough County jail, New Hampshire Public Radio reported, citing state data released Thursday.

The facility, also known as Valley Street Jail, held about 250 people last month, most of whom are now quarantining, the outlet noted.

The jail faced a similar outbreak last winter, which saw 108 inmates and 42 staff members test positive for COVID-19, New Hampshire Public Radio reported. The jail began offering vaccinations weeks ago, but only a dozen inmates have chosen to be inoculated.

About one in every five prisoners in federal and state prisons tested positive for COVID-19 last year, and over half of prisoners have been infected in some states, according to The Associated Press.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons reported on Friday that there are 168 federal inmates and 429 Bureau staff nationwide who tested positive for COVID-19. There have been 265 federal inmate deaths and seven deaths among bureau staff attributed to COVID-19. 

There are only three active coronavirus infections in facilities run by the New Hampshire Department of Corrections, according to data from the agency. More than 470 inmates in state-run prisons have tested positive since the pandemic began.

Overall, New Hampshire has recorded 131,790 coronavirus infections since the pandemic began, and 1,821 deaths. Sixty percent of residents have had at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 54.7 are fully inoculated.

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