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29 COVID-19 cases reported in Forrest City prison

29 COVID-19 cases reported in Forrest  City prison


Twenty-nine people at a federal prison in Forrest City have tested positive for the coronavirus, Arkansas Secretary of Health Dr. Nate Smith said Tuesday.

Five of the infected are staffers, according to Smith. The others are inmates. Smith said in a news conference at the State Capitol that a team from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was set to arrive at the prison later in the day. The team aims to contain the virus and prevent it from spreading beyond the prison.

As of Tuesday night, 18 people in the state had died from the virus and 1,000 had tested positive. There were 201 people who had recovered. More than 14,500 people had been tested for the virus.

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