Crime and courts

On COVID-19 spike in prisons: ‘Nobody really cares’

CNS – Prisons are divided into “zones” to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Inmates have been given personal protective equipment. Visitation is canceled. Testing has ramped up. Still, the positive cases continue to climb within Virginia prisons.

The Virginia Department of Corrections reported on Dec. 10 that there are 593 active cases among inmates and 227 among staff, which includes employees and contractors. There have been more than 5,200 positive COVID-19 cases and 35 deaths reported among inmates since late March. More than 1,250 staff cases have been confirmed since the spring.

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