Coronavirus cases spike at Ohio prisons
The number of coronavirus cases has spiked to nearly 4,000 in the Ohio prison system, a number that state officials are attributing to “aggressive” testing. The Marion Correctional Institution has become one of the top hotspots in the country, where 2,011 inmates and 154 staffers have tested positive, officials said.
As of Tuesday, there were 3,762 inmates and 319 staffers who tested positive system-wide. Nine inmates and one staffer have died from the virus, according to the state’s Department of Rehabilitation and Correction. That’s about 30% of all cases in Ohio. There have been 12,516 positive cases total across the state, along with 509 deaths, according to the Ohio Department of Health.
“A lot of the problems are we don’t have a lot of personal protective equipment going into this episode,” said Christopher Mabe, president of the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association, which …continued .
[Source: CBS News]