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Inmate COVID Rate Drops In Connecticut

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Fewer inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 after the Connecticut Department of Correction’s latest round of mass testing.

The percentage of inmates who tested positive for the virus dropped to 3 percent. That’s lower than the 9 percent infection rate following the first round of testing from May to July.

Between July and early September, 241 infected inmates were isolated and monitored for 14 days.

No inmates at the state’s only women’s facility at York Correctional Institution or teenagers at Manson Youth Institution have tested positive for the virus.

The test results come as the state’s incarcerated population continues to decline. More than 3,000 nonviolent inmates have been released since March.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.