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Amid virus lockdowns, prison ministry groups had to adapt

Teresa Stanfield, Teresa Peden, Drew Darby
Posted at 9:32 AM, Aug 29, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-29 09:32:23-04

With lockups across the U.S. closed to visitors as the coronavirus runs amok inside, faith-based organizations have had to adapt and innovate to maintain their prison ministries.

Some are recording content for wide distribution behind bars.

Others are taping religious services and providing them to correction departments or mailing religious lessons and messages of inspiration directly to inmates.

Still others are supplying Bibles and other religious books and magazines for prison libraries.

One of the most ambitious and successful initiatives is Prison Fellowship's Floodlight.

Developed in March, it’s now in 43 states and reaching more than 400,000 inmates nationwide.

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Most patients with COVID-19 have mild to moderate symptoms. However, in a small proportion of patients, COVID-19 can lead to more severe illness, including death, particularly among those who are older or those who have chronic medical conditions.

COVID-19 spreads primarily through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes.

Symptoms include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. Symptoms appear within 14 days of being exposed to an infectious person.

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