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Michigan prisons see increase in COVID-19 cases


There are new outbreaks of COVID-19 in some Michigan prisons.

Across the state there are more than 12-hundred people in Michigan prisons infected right now. Almost all of them are in four prisons: Marquette, Newberry, and two facilities in Ionia.

Chris Gautz is the spokesperson for the Department of Corrections. He says only a handful have had to be hospitalized.

“There were just nine who were in the hospital," said Gautz. "And it’s a good sign that those who have had the virus and are testing positive currently have largely been asymptomatic, or if they do have symptoms, they’ve been mild enough that they can be treated at the facility that they’re at.”

About one out of every five prisoners has been infected since the pandemic began. 74 have died. Three Corrections staffers have died.