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Third inmate at Arizona Department of Corrections facility tests positive for COVID-19

Florence Prison
Posted at 7:07 PM, Apr 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-09 22:08:41-04

FLORENCE, AZ — The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry (ADCRR) now says a third inmate has tested positive for COVID-19.

The latest inmate to test positive tested positive for COVID-19 at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Florence recently. A specific date was not given.

Earlier this week it was announced that an inmate had been hospitalized at a community hospital since March 27 with several non-coronavirus related symptoms. While in the hospital they contracted the virus after receiving two negative results and then a positive, and is now receiving medical care at the same facility.

The second inmate who tested positive for COVID-19 is at the Marana Community Correctional Treatment Facility, officials say. The inmate is now being treated at the facility.

ADCRR says 68 inmates have been tested out of more than 42,000, and three have come back positive. 58 tests have come back negative and seven are pending.

ADCRR released the following statement Thursday:

“Consistent with CDC guidance and ADCRR Infectious Disease Protocols, ADCRR continues to separate any inmates who exhibit flu-like symptoms from the general population, for monitoring and appropriate follow-up care. Like many correctional systems nationwide, the department has experience managing infectious diseases at its facilities and is taking proactive measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19 spreading in the inmate population.”