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Short Update: More than 40,000 prisoners infected with COVID-19 in the United States

FT Admin - June 8, 2020 - COVID-19 Updates, Prison conditions

According to the Marshall Project, by June 2, at least 40,656 people in prison in the United Stated had tested positive for the illness, an 18 percent increase from six days before. 

Much of the growth in numbers is due to some states —Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee, Texas among them—beginning aggressive testing at prisons. This spike in detected infections suggests that COVID-19 had been circulating in prisons in much greater numbers than known in the early weeks of the pandemic, and that in the many states where tests had not been prevalent, far more people may have been carrying it than were initially reported. 

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