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North Carolina government is offering widespread testing or protective equipment to workers in two of the more vulnerable living settings for COVID-19 outbreaks.
The majority of offenders in the state prison system who tested positive for COVID-19 are now presumed to have recovered.
North Carolina prison officials say nearly 200 inmates have been allowed to serve the rest of their sentences outside of prison to discourage the spread of COVID-19.
A second prisoner in North Carolina has died of COVID-19.
Four positive cases of the coronavirus have been reported at Pender Correctional Institution, according to a news release from Pender County.
COVID-19 is posing safety concerns in the NC prison system. North Carolina Department of Public Safety officials say at least 500 inmates across the state’s prisons will be considered for early release, based on certain criteria.
To stop the spread of coronavirus, the North Carolina Division of Prisons will not accept offenders from the county jails and will dramatically reduce the transfers of offenders within the prisons for the next 14 days, according to a news release from the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.
The North Carolina Division of Prisons this week enacted staff coronavirus medical screenings that include temperature checks at every prison, in an additional effort to reduce the chances the virus gets into a prison.
A 23-year-old man serving prison time for a Mecklenburg County robbery died Saturday after a fight with another inmate.