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A Third Arizona Inmate Tests Positive For COVID-19

The Arizona Department of Corrections says another state prison inmate has tested positive for COVID-19—that brings the total to three inmates infected statewide so far.

The Arizona Republic reports the latest inmate is being held at the Arizona State Prison Complex in Florence.

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.

Across Arizona, there were more than 3,000 known Coronavirus cases and 89 deaths related to COVID-19 as of midday Thursday.

There are an estimated 42,000 inmates and jail detainees in Arizona and prisoner advocates fear the close-proximity of the incarcerated will allow the Coronavirus to spread within prison and jail confines.

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