TALLAHASSEE (CBSMiami/NSF) – More than 17,000 Florida prison inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 since the pandemic started, according to updated numbers posted online Friday by the state Department of Corrections.
The total as of noon Friday was 17,009 inmates, up 10 from Wednesday.READ MORE: ‘Fascinating. Loud. Exciting.’: Fort Lauderdale Air Show Blows Away Saturday Crowd Happy To Be Out Again
Also, 187 inmates had died of COVID-19 as of a Wednesday count. Many of the COVID-19 cases came during outbreaks earlier in the pandemic, but 494 inmates were in medical isolation Friday.
That included 342 in medical isolation at Walton Correctional Institution, where the department took additional precautions last week after more than 300 inmates tested positive for the virus.READ MORE: Supporters Gather At Torch Of Friendship For ‘Raise Your Voice For Colombia’ Rally
In addition to the inmates, 3,675 corrections workers statewide had tested positive as of Friday, according to the department.
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