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115 other inmates in the Avenal State Prison test positive for COVID-19



Kings County reported on Sunday that 130 more people had tested positive for COVID-19, including 115 inmates in the Avenal State Prison.

Positive cases of coronavirus in prison have increased significantly since May 18, when the first cases were reported there.

By Sunday evening, Kings County had reported a total of 647 cases since the outbreak began. Of these, 197 cases were reported from the Avenal State Prison.

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The Kings County Department of Health says the increase in positive cases in prison is due to extensive testing done in partnership with multiple agencies.

A spokesman for the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says the prison is currently testing as many inmates and employees as possible and is following isolation and quarantine instructions to slow the spread of the virus.

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