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Unclear how 3 more Wisconsin prisoners got COVID-19

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on the coronavirus outbreak in Wisconsin (all times local):

6:10 a.m.

Wisconsin corrections officials say they don’t know how three more inmates in the state’s prison system contracted the coronavirus.

The Department of Corrections believes the first prisoner with a confirmed case of COVID-19 April 2 was exposed while on a trip outside the Columbia Correctional Institution.

On Sunday, the DOC confirmed three additional cases in the system. The three inmates had not left the prisons recently, according to DOC spokeswoman Anna Neal.

One of the three cases is at Columbia where three employees have also tested positive.

The State Journal reports the other two inmates with COVID-19 are at Oshkosh Correctional Institution. No employees there have tested positive, so it’s unclear how the virus could have gotten into the prison.

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dinlasmom 47 days ago
Columbia CI is currently cycling guards from Covid positive "isolation" to the low risk, nonviolent prisoners who were set to leave THIS MONTH, currently living 74 in a single converted room, inches, not feet from each other 24/7 and on lock down. According to a credible source of mine the guards congregate, socialize, attend to prisoners, then move on to other areas. I am a professional nurse, but I don't have to be one to know THIS is how it's happening. Neither WI nor DOC has any plan to get these young first time offenders out of there before the END OF JUNE.
dinlasmom dinlasmom 47 days ago
correction: "neither WI Gov Tony Evers nor DOC"..
Lawrence 51 days ago
Each prison facility is a COVID-19 time bomb. As is each jail. As much home incarceration, in those cases where practical, should be under consideration right now.
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