Mass testing of prison inmates complete

Mass testing of prison inmates complete
The NC Department of Public Safety says the majority of offenders in the state prison system who tested positive for COVID-19 are now presumed to have recovered, according to guidance by the NCDHHS. (Source: WITN)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WITN) - The testing of all 29,000 inmates in state prisons is complete.

The state Department of Public Safety says 619 inmates tested positive for the coronavirus.

That’s a 2.1% positive rate, which DPS says is much lower than other states.

The mass testing began on June 22nd and cost around $3.3 million.

Those who tested positive were placed in medical isolation.

The largest outbreak happened at Neuse Correctional Institution in Goldsboro. That happened early on during the pandemic and 466 inmates had positive tests.

Other states where mass testing of inmates have occurred include:

  • New Jersey – 16.3 percent
  • Tennessee – 13.6 percent
  • Michigan - 10.8 percent
  • Texas - 9.8 percent

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