By Sept. 29, at least 138,105 people in prison had tested positive for the illness, a 4 percent increase from the week before.
New cases among prisoners reached an all-time high in early August after slowing down in June. The growth in recent weeks was driven by big jumps in prisoners testing positive in Florida, California and the federal Bureau of Prisons as well as outbreaks in Arkansas, Hawaii and Oklahoma.
Cases first peaked in late April, when states such as Michigan, Ohio, Tennessee and Texas began mass testing of prisoners. Those initiatives suggested that coronavirus had been circulating among people without symptoms in much greater numbers than previously known.
There have been at least138,105 cases of coronavirus reported among prisoners.
112,221 prisoners have recovered.
The first known COVID-19 death of a prisoner was in Georgia when Anthony Cheek died on March 26. Cheek, who was 49 years old, had been held in Lee State Prison near Albany, a hotspot for the disease. Since then, at least 1,169 other prisoners have died of coronavirus-related causes. By Sept. 29, the number of deaths had its largest one-week rise since mid-May—driven by new deaths reported in California, Florida, Virginia, Illinois, Texas and 13 other states—a jump of 6 percent in a week.
There have been at least 1,170 deathsfrom coronavirus reported among prisoners.
What's happening in your state
Given the huge differences in how many people are being tested in prisons for the virus, the effects of the pandemic have varied widely between different state prison systems. The first reported cases began popping up in Massachusetts and Georgia on March 20. In August, Hawaii, the last system whose prisoners had not gotten sick, reported its first confirmed cases of coronavirus. Here, you can choose to view the data for any state prison system and see how the numbers compare. For a summary of the number of cases in facilities run by the federal Bureau of Prisons, choose the “Federal” option.
NEW YORK DOC
There have been at least 775 cases of coronavirus reported among prisoners in New York.
756 prisoners have recovered.
There have been at least17 deaths from coronavirus reported among prisoners in New York.
While we know more about how prisoners are getting sick, another group of people is at risk in these facilities: correctional officers, nurses, chaplains, wardens and other workers. We know little about how coronavirus is affecting them, though they have the potential to carry it both into facilities and back out to their communities. It’s difficult to assess how prison workers are being affected because many aren’t being systematically tested.
In the most recent week, 13 states—Arkansas, Delaware, Idaho, Indiana, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, West Virginia—released information on the number of their staff members tested for coronavirus. Where we do know about positive cases, most state corrections departments stress that the count includes only the employees who voluntarily report a diagnosis, often in the course of calling out sick.
While more than 30,043 prison staff members have tested positive, only 83 deaths have been publicly reported.
There have been at least 30,043 cases of coronavirus reported among prison staff.
22,537 staff have recovered.
There have been at least 83 deathsfrom coronavirus reported among prison staff.
The staff members in your state
We know very little about how many staff are tested, and in many states it’s not clear how many people are working in prisons right now. What we do know is that in several states prison employees began to get sick before the people they oversee. Using this tool, you can view the data for any state’s prison system and see how the numbers compare. For a summary of the number of cases in facilities administered by the federal Bureau of Prisons, choose the “Federal” option.
There have been at least 1,332 cases of coronavirus reported among staff in New York.
1,309 staff have recovered.
There have been at least5 deaths from coronavirus reported among staff in New York.