NY reports 755 inmates in prisons have tested positive for Covid-19 statewide

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 9 September 2020 at 11:05 am

1,320 staff members, 90 parolees also test positive for virus

The 9 inmates at Albion Correctional Facility are among more than 700 who have tested positive for Covid-19 in state prisons throughout New York, according to the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision.

The state lists 755 inmates as testing positive for Covid-19 as of Sept. 7 at 3 p.m. That report (click here) doesn’t include the nine inmates at the women’s prison in Albion.

Paul Pettit, the public health director in Orleans County, confirmed the 9 inmates have tested positive for Covid-19, with two cases reported on Friday and seven more on Tuesday.

The state report says 40 inmates have been tested at Albion Correctional and all the tests came back negative. The state also tested 60 inmates at Orleans Correctional, a medium security men’s prison in Albion, and those tests all came back negative.

DOCCS so far reports it has done 8,592 tests among inmates, with 755 coming back as positive, 7,819 have been negative, and 18 results are pending.

Among those inmates who tested positive, 738 have recovered and 17 have died.

Three persons report more than 100 positive cases: Greenhaven, 129 (3 deaths); Fishkill, 113 (5 deaths); and Shawangunk, 101 (1 death).

Bedford Hills, another women’s prison, reports 45 cases, including 1 death.

The state also reports that 1,320 prison staff have tested positive for Covid-19, with 5 confirmed deaths from Covid.

DOCCS also reports 90 parolees have tested positive for Covid-19, resulting in 4 deaths.

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