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Arizona sees doubling of inmates testing positive for virus

Posted at 10:17 PM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-14 01:17:57-04

The number of inmates in Arizona’s prisons who have tested positive for the coronavirus has reached 121, twice as many as earlier this week.

Three prisons reported their first cases of COVID-19 on Wednesday, including the state prison in Yuma that has at least 34.

The prison in Florence has the most with 63.

In addition, 62 corrections employees have tested positive along with 18 employees and five inmates in county jails.

Health Services Department Director Dr. Cara Christ has said the state is going to expand its testing capacity for prisoners and corrections employees.