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The number of jail inmates in metro Phoenix testing positive for the coronavirus has surpassed the total among state prisoners.

Maricopa County Sheriff's Office

The number of Maricopa County jail inmates who have tested positive for the coronavirus has increased sharply over the last five days.

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Advocates for inmates say they are worried they could run out of time to persuade Governor Doug Ducey to avoid a larger Coronavirus outbreak by releasing some of the 42,000 people who live in close quarters behind bars.