1 in 5 prisoners in the US has had COVID-19, 1,700 have died

Posted at 10:25 AM, Dec 18, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-18 10:25:58-05

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — One in every five state and federal prisoners in the United States has tested positive for the coronavirus, a rate more than four times as high as the general population.

In some states, more than half of prisoners have been infected, according to data collected by The Associated Press and The Marshall Project.

As the pandemic enters its 10th month — and as the first Americans begin to receive a long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine — at least 275,000 prisoners have been infected and more than 1,700 have died.

New cases in prisons this week reached their highest level since testing began in the spring, far outstripping previous peaks in April and August.

Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering