Friday, April 17, 2020

Ten percent of inmates and 21% of staff test positive for virus in Michigan prison

A Michigan prison that's emerged as a hotspot for coronavirus cases has a rate of infection that exceeds jail systems in New York City and Chicago, both of which have garnered national attention as large sources of the outbreak, reported the Detroit Free Press. 
At Parnall Correctional Facility near Jackson, 10% of prisoners and 21% of staff have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a Detroit Free Press analysis of Department of Corrections data.
The percentage of the incarcerated population sickened by the novel coronavirus at Parnall has surpassed the 7% infection rate at the Cook County jail in Chicago, which The New York Times described last week as the largest known source of infections in the United States. 
Parnall’s rate is also higher than that of Rikers Island and other New York City jails, which have a collective infection rate of 8%, according to the Legal Aid Society. Like Chicago, New York City’s jail system has a higher COVID-19 case count and a population more than twice as large as Parnall.
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