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Two prison workers test positive for coronavirus

Editor’s note: This story was updated at 6 p.m. Friday to clarify the number of confirmed cases. ADOC mistakenly counted one confirmed case of a staff member twice. 

Two more workers in Alabama prisons have tested positive for coronavirus, according to the Alabama Department of Corrections. 

One worker at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women and another at Frank Lee Community Based Facility and Community Work Center all self-reported positive test results to the Alabama Department of Correction (ADOC), according to a statement from the department Thursday. 

In total, 27 ADOC employees and contract workers have tested positive for the virus, and six have recovered and been cleared to return to work, according to ADOC. 

Nine inmates in seven state prisons have tested positive for COVID-19, three of whom have recovered, according to ADOC. As of Thursday, 127 of approximately 22,000 state inmates had been tested for coronavirus. 

The latest worker at Ventress prison to test positive for COVID-19 makes ninth worker at the facility to have contracted the virus. Ten inmates at the facility had been tested for the virus as of Monday, and none came back positive, according to ADOC. 

There were 1,218 inmates at Ventress prison in January, the latest data made publicly available by ADOC. The prison was at 187 percent capacity at the time.

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Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.

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