- Associated Press - Saturday, July 25, 2020

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Two more California state prisoners died Friday from what appear to be complications of the coronavirus, corrections officials said.

An inmate from San Quentin State Prison near San Francisco and another from Avenal State Prison in Kings County died at outside hospitals, according to a statement from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

The state prison system has been struggling with major outbreaks of COVID-19 at its facilities. There have been more than 7,500 cases among inmates, including nearly 2,000 that are considered active cases of infection. Forty-four inmates have died, according to state figures.

Nearly 900 employees have active cases, authorities said.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms. But for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause pneumonia and death.

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