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155 prisoners at Muskegon facility test positive for coronavirus

975 prisoners in West Michigan have COVID-19
Earnest C. Brooks Correctional Facility in Muskegon
Posted at 1:32 PM, Aug 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-05 13:32:37-04

MUSKEGON, Mich. — The number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in one Michigan prison has jumped into the triple digits.

155 prisoners at the Muskegon Correctional Facility tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections.

A week ago 15 prisoners had tested positive.

The news comes as the MDOC is finishing a push to test all prisoners across the state.

According to spokesperson Chris Gautz, testing at Muskegon Correctional Facility focused on two housing units last Friday because the first positive cases came from there. Out of 447 tests, 136 came back positive. 2 prisoners are being retested because their results were inconclusive.

Testing for the rest of the prisoners finished Tuesday. Results for more than 760 prisoners are expected by the end of this week.

Any prisoner who tests positive is moved out of the Muskegon facility. The remaining prisoners are limited to certain segments of the prison.

In the 8 facilities in West Michigan, there are 975 prisoners who have tested positive for coronavirus. 23 prisoners have died at the same prisons, all at the Lakeland Correctional Facility in Branch County.

The MDOC is offering free testing to any employees in Muskegon this week. Another round of testing is scheduled for all prisoners in Muskegon next week.