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Deerfield Correctional Center COVID-19 outbreak: 11th virus death reported

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Posted at 11:28 AM, Sep 24, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-24 11:28:08-04

SOUTHAMPTON COUNTY, Va. -- Virginia prison officials are reporting an 11th coronavirus-related death at facility that is home to many geriatric and otherwise vulnerable prisoners.

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Thursday that the facility is the Deerfield Correctional Center. It’s a e 925-inmate prison in Southampton County.

The state’s Department of Corrections has reported that there are 367 current COVID-19 cases among prisoners at the facility.

Twenty inmates are hospitalized outside the prison. There are also 33 active cases among the staff.

Deerfield houses the state’s largest group of geriatric male inmates. Many have serious health conditions and reside in assisted living or nursing home environments.

Many of the inmates at Deerfield sleep in dormitories, making social distancing difficult if not impossible.

For more COVID-19 updates from the Virginia Department of Corrections, click here.

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