COVID-19 outbreaks back at Kansas prisons

September 30, 2020 - 2:59 pm

Coronavirus outbreaks have returned to the state prison system as the number of cases in Kansas for the pandemic approaches 60,000.

The state health department reported Wednesday that there are active clusters of five or more cases in four state prisons and an inmate work-release program in Wichita. They account for 244 cases within the past 14 days.

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The health department said the prison in Hutchinson has had 85 active cases in the past two weeks and the state’s prison mental health center in Larned has had 79. The health department said Kansas saw 1,120 new cases since Monday, an increase of 1.9% to bring the total to 59,729.

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