COVID-19 cases are on the rise in mass prisons, prisons

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Outbreaks have been reported across the state.

State prisons and prisons have seen a recent increase in coronavirus cases, according to WBUR.

Outbreaks have been reported at the Middleton House of Corrections, the Worcester County Jail and House of Correction, the Middlesex County House of Correction, and others.

There are 100 cases among those incarcerated at Monday’s Middleton House of Correction, according to the Essex County Sheriff’s Department via WBUR. Five days ago, there were 57 active cases in prison, according to The Salem News.

Most cases involve mild symptoms and are among people who have been vaccinated, according to the Sheriff’s Department. Another 28 employees, vendors and volunteers were positive, according to WBUR.

The Essex County Sheriff’s Department suspended a visit to the prison in August due to an increase in COVID-19 cases in the community. Recently, a video visit was also suspended to “mitigate movement” within the facility, according to a statement on the department’s website.

Prison spokesman Gretchen Grosky said The Salem News that the prison endeavored to vaccinate as many prisoners as possible and to heal the facility.

While 75% of Essex County residents have received at least one dose of vaccine, 68% of inmates are vaccinated, Grosky said. The Salem News.

In Worcester, the sheriff imposed a 10-day medical blockade after 68 of the 654 men incarcerated there were positive, according to WBUR. Several staff members also have active cases of the virus.

Worcester County Prison Inspector David Tuttle told WBUR that most of those who were positive had no symptoms.

Tuttle told WBUR that it is not clear how many of those in care are vaccinated, but he said many detainees refused to receive the vaccine even though it is being offered in prison.

In Bristol County, there are 47 active cases among those in care, while in Middlesex there are seven, according to WBUR.

The Department of Correction reports 12 active cases at state facilities, including 10 cases at the Massachusetts Alcohol and Substance Abuse Center in Plymouth, according to WBUR.

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