Daily Kos community member joeknapp wrote earlier about how Ohio corrections officials were reporting high asymptomatic rates. But these numbers are intense. According to Ohio’s Department of Rehabilitation & Correction, as of April 19 they have tested around 3,000 inmates and found 2,400 positive cases. And 244 prison staff have also tested positive for the virus. They have confirmed six inmates and one staff member death as a result of COVID-19.
According to NPR, Ohio’s testing process has been more thorough and wide-reaching than any other state. According to Ohio, incarcerated members make up over one fifth of the entire state’s current confirmed COVID-19 cases. The Columbus Dispatch reports that on Monday, along with the news of new spikes in confirmed cases, Gov. Mike DeWine ordered schools across the state closed for the remainder of the school year.
This news comes just a day after the Michigan Department of Corrections reported that 520 of 805 prisoners tested, tested positive for the 2019 novel coronavirus.