Michigan prison hot spot says 12th inmate has died of virus

The Associated Press

Coldwater, Mich. – A 12th inmate has died from COVID-19 complications at a southern Michigan prison where more than 50% of inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus, the Corrections Department said Monday.

Lakeland prison in Branch County has a large share of the department’s older prisoners and is the first to test everyone.

Lakeland prison in Branch County, Michigan.

The department said 785 of roughly 1,400 prisoners at Lakeland have tested positive. Only a fraction of all prisoners have been tested statewide, but the infection rate was 56%. There have been at least 33 deaths.

Among staff, 254 have tested positive and there have been two deaths, the department said.