/ Modified dec 30, 2020 10:35 a.m.

Arizona corrections system plans 2nd round of inmate testing

43,000 inmates have been tested since March - 6,411 positive

360 303 sum prison wire A watchtower seen in the distance at the Florence State Prison.
AZPM Staff

Arizona’s state prison system is planning a second round of COVID-19 testing for the system’s nearly 38,000 inmates and making available rapid virus tests for employees.

The Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry said the additional testing of inmates will begin in January in collaboration with the state Department of Health Services and the rapid testing for staff will be made available as needed.

The department said testing inmates allows those without COVID-19 symptoms to be isolated and grouped as needed to reduce virus spread in prison facilities.

According the department, nearly 43,000 inmates have been tested since March and 6,411 of those tested positive.

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