Inmate at Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman found to have had coronavirus after he died

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BY EMILY WAGSTER PETTUS
Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The Mississippi Department of Corrections on Monday night made its first announcement of a coronavirus case in one of the state prisons.

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An inmate at the Mississippi State Penitentiary was found to have had to the virus after he died, the department said in a news release. It did not give the inmate’s name or say when he died. It said he had underlying health problems.

“We are committed to protecting the health and well-being of all within our system,” Interim Corrections Commissioner Tommy Taylor said.

He said that since the beginning of the pandemic, Mississippi has limited the transfer of inmates from prison to prison. The only visitors allowed are attorneys, and daily screenings are done of prison workers.

“With this first positive case, we have further isolated all the affected areas and increased screenings for all the inmates who came in contact with the individual,” Taylor said. “Inmates who came in close contact with the positive individual have been provided with masks.”

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