More than 270 inmates, 5 staff members test positive for COVID-19 at Forrest City prison

More than 270 inmates, 5 staff members test positive for COVID-19 at Forrest City prison
Nearly 30 cases of COVID-19 have been reported at the Forrest City federal prison, as prison and federal officials work to stop the spread of the virus. (Source: WREG-TV)

FORREST CITY, Ark. (WMC) - The Federal Bureau of Prisons is reporting there are now 273 inmates who have tested positive for the novel coronavirus at the low-security prison in Forrest City.

So far only one staff member has contracted the virus at the low-security prison and four staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 at the medium-security prison.

The facility has seen an increase of 30 COVID-19 cases among inmates since the BOP reported 243 cases last week.

One additional case has been reported among staff.

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