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Coronavirus cases in Maryland’s prisons top 500, with seven confirmed deaths from the disease

Maryland’s prison system has recorded more than 500 cases of the novel coronavirus, and seven inmates have died from the disease, according to department spokesperson Mark Vernarelli.

Over 300 officers and 187 inmates have confirmed cases of COVID-19, with the rest of the cases reported by non-uniformed staff and contractors, according to the department.

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The Jessup Correctional Institution (JCI) has a total of 122 cases of coronavirus, the most for any prison in the state. As of Monday, 74 inmates and 29 officers tested positive inside of the facility. The Patuxent Institution is second with a confirmed 75 cases.

The Baltimore Central Booking and Intake Center has totaled 52 cases of the virus as of Monday. There have been 26 confirmed cases for inmates and 15 for correctional officers.

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In recent efforts to deter further spread, the department is continuing to “deep clean” facilities regularly, Vernarelli said.

The most recent death was on May 27 at the Central Maryland Correctional Facility when a man in his 60s succumbed to the virus. The prison system has not released the names of any inmates to have contracted or died from the disease.

It was the second death at the Central Maryland facility, with the first being a man in his 40s.

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