Report: Kansas prisons seeing rise in COVID-19 infections

The number of inmates infected with the coronavirus at Kansas’ largest prison has grown to more than 550 amid widespread testing at the facility, with most showing no symptoms.

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May 6, 2020 - 10:06 AM

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — The number of inmates infected with the coronavirus at Kansas’ largest prison has grown to more than 550 amid widespread testing at the facility, with most showing no symptoms.

The Kansas Department of Corrections plans to finish testing all the more than 1,700 inmates at the state’s largest prison in Lansing this week. As the test results trickle in, Leavenworth County, where the prison is located, reported a 13.8% increase in positive cases Monday.

Most are tied to the prison, where 551 inmates and 88 staff members are infected. Rebecca Witte, the corrections department spokeswoman, said three inmates have died, four are hospitalized and 469 aren’t showing symptoms.

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