300 Tennessee inmates test positive for COVID-19 in recent round of testing

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Posted at 11:56 AM, Sep 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-09 12:56:14-04

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — More than 300 inmates in Tennessee prisons recently tested positive for COVID-19, the Tennessee Department of Corrections said.

The department conducted targeted testing at 13 state correctional facilities over the last week. TDOC said 80% of inmates tested negative for the virus. Results showed 1,620 negative tests, 388 positive and 667 remain pending.

Inmates were chosen to be tested based on contact tracing after coming in contact with someone who tested positive. TDOC also conducted unit-based testing for inmates who may have been outside the facility for a work assignment or a medical appointment.

During this recent round of testing, no inmates at the Morgan County Correctional Complex and Turney Center Industrial Complex received positive test results, TDOC reported.

TDOC said of those who tested positive, the majority were asymptomatic.

The following facilities were tested and found positive COVID-19 cases:

  • Bledsoe County Correctional Complex: 1 case
  • DeBerry Special Needs Facility: 34 cases
  • Debra Johnson Rehabilitation Center: 145 cases
  • Mark Luttrell Transition Center: 1 case
  • Northeast Correctional Complex: 67 cases
  • Riverbend Maximum Security Institution: 53 cases
  • West Tennessee State Penitentiary: 84 cases