PHOENIX (AP) — Officials say 517 inmates at the state prison in Tucson tested positive Tuesday for the coronavirus.
The Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry says the cases among inmates in the prison’s Whetstone unit were discovered in a push to test all 39,000 state prisoners.
Nearly half of the prisoners housed at the Whetstone unit have tested positive for the virus.
Before corrections officials discovered the cases at the Whetstone unit, the agency reported 890 other inmates had test positive and 21 inmates have died for the virus since the pandemic began. Officials say 564 corrections employees have tested positive for the virus.