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More Than 600 Inmates Test Positive For COVID-19 At Yuma Prison

The Arizona Department of Corrections says hundreds of people incarcerated at the state prison in Yuma have tested positive for COVID-19.

A new round of testing found 655 inmates living on the La Paz Unit of the Yuma prison were positive. It’s the largest outbreak in the state prison system since the beginning of the pandemic.

In a statement, ADC said inmates who test positive are currently being housed separately from the rest of the unit. Meals and medical attention are being provided at their housing location.

The Department said the positive inmates will not be allowed back into the general population until they have been medically cleared.

There have been three inmate deaths at the Yuma prison caused by COVID-19.

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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.