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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