The number of Covid-19 related deaths in Florida prisons has increased by 52% in 15 days, according to data released by the Florida Department of Corrections (FDC).
On July 27, 46 inmates had died in Florida prisons from Covid-19 related complications. That number jumped to 70 on August 11.
During that same time period the number of cases in inmates went from 6,217 to 12,988, a 109% increase. Inmates who test positive are placed in medical isolation until they recover, per the FDC website.
“FDC is closely monitoring developments associated with the spread of this disease. FDC's Office of Health Services, institutional medical staff and institutional operations staff work hand-in-hand with the Department of Health to quickly engage and resolve infectious disease outbreaks as soon as they occur,” said FDC to CNN in a statement.
To try to curb the spread at facilities with increased numbers, FDC says it has implemented several measures.
At the Century Correctional Institute in northwest Florida, more than half the inmates have tested positive for Covid-19, according to the FDC. The facility houses about 1,500 inmates and 753 have tested positive for Covid-19.
In response to the outbreak, per FDC, the Century Correctional Institute is providing medical services and meals within housing units. Also, all staff and inmates are required to wear cloth face masks, inmates with positive results are in isolation and temperature checks of inmates are being conducted daily, per FDC.
The Florida Department of Corrections incarcerates about 90,000 inmates, per the FDC website.