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Arizona Department Of Corrections To Increase Testing Of Staff At Florence Prison

The Arizona Department of Corrections says it will increase testing of its staff in an attempt to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in state prisons. 

In a statement, the Department of Corrections said Sonora Quest Laboratories will be conducting COVID-19 antibody testing at the state prison in Florence for employees and contract staff.

The testing will take place from June 16 through 18. ADC previously worked with a regional health care provider to offer testing for staff at the Yuma prison after an outbreak of COVID-19 there.

There have been 252 inmates in state prisons diagnosed with the virus to date. Seven of them have died.

One hundred seventeen staff members have self-reported infections and one prison educator has died from the virus.

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Jimmy Jenkins is a senior field correspondent at KJZZ and a contributor to NPR’s Election 2020 and Criminal Justice station collaborations. His work has been featured on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Marketplace, Here and Now, The Takeaway and NPR Newscasts.Originally from Terre Haute, Indiana, Jenkins has a B.S. in criminology from Indiana State University and a master’s degree in journalism from Indiana University.Much of his reporting has focused on the criminal justice system. Jenkins has reported on Tasers, body cameras, use of force, jail privatization, prison health care and the criminal contempt trial of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.