Largest prison in New Hampshire grappling with COVID-19 outbreak – .

Largest prison in New Hampshire grappling with COVID-19 outbreak – .

New Hampshire’s largest prison is grappling with a coronavirus outbreak.
There are currently 120 positive COVID-19 infections associated with an outbreak at Hillsborough County Jail, New Hampshire Public Radio reported, citing state data released Thursday.

The facility, also known as Valley Street Jail, detained around 250 people last month, most of whom are now in quarantine, the outlet noted.

The prison faced a similar outbreak last winter, which saw 108 inmates and 42 staff members tested positive for COVID-19, New Hampshire Public Radio reported. The prison started offering vaccines weeks ago, but only a dozen inmates have chosen to be vaccinated.

About one in five prisoners in federal and state prisons tested positive for COVID-19 last year, and more than half of inmates have been infected in some states, according to the Associated Press.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons reported Friday that there are 168 federal inmates and 429 Bureau staff nationwide who have tested positive for COVID-19. There have been 265 federal inmate deaths and seven office staff fatalities attributed to COVID-19.

There are only three active coronavirus infections at facilities managed by the New Hampshire Department of Corrections, according to agency data. More than 470 inmates in state-run prisons have tested positive since the start of the pandemic.

Overall, New Hampshire has recorded 131,790 coronavirus infections since the start of the pandemic and 1,821 deaths. Sixty percent of residents have received at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine, while 54.7 are fully vaccinated.


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