Coronavirus Cases Continue To Rise In Arizona, State Won't Report If Prison Workers Tested Positive
There were seven more deaths related to COVID-19 in Arizona as of Wednesday and health officials said 151 more patients had tested positive for the new Coronavirus. Arizona now has 2,726 known cases of Coronavirus and 80 deaths to date. More than 34,000 people have been tested statewide.
In other developments: The first two cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed among the 42,000 inmates in Arizona’s prisons, but authorities have declined to say whether any corrections employees have contracted the virus.
Advocates for prisoners say the discovery of COVID-19 in the prisons is a sign of bad things to come, given that inmates with compromised health live in close quarters.
The first case was confirmed in a Tucson inmate who has been hospitalized since March 27.
Another inmate at a private prison in Marana also tested positive.