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Five More State Prisoners Test Positive For COVID-19

Five more state prisoners have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last two weeks. That's a total of nine prisoners and 19 corrections staff have tested positive since the pandemic began.

The prisoners whose results came back positive were tested prior to either being transferred or released.

After their results came back positive, the Department of Corrections quarantined more than 500 prisoners. A little over half of them were tested and most of those test results were negative. A handful of test results are still pending.

Department of Corrections spokesperson Justin Wolf says most of the prisoners who tested positive didn’t show symptoms.

Quinton Chandler worked at StateImpact Oklahoma from January 2018 to August 2021, focusing on criminal justice reporting.
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