- Associated Press - Friday, May 15, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A second inmate at a state work-release center in Omaha has tested positive for COVID-19, Nebraska prison officials said Friday.

The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services said in a news release that the inmate had been in close contact with the state’s first inmate to test positive earlier this week at the Omaha Community Corrections Center.

The Omaha center is one of two work-release prisons in the state and houses 175 inmates. The community corrections facility remains under quarantine.

To date, 20 Nebraska inmates have been tested for the virus, officials said. Twelve have tested negative, two positive and other results are still pending.

“The majority of inmates currently undergoing testing are housed at the Community Corrections Center-Omaha and were determined to have close contact with the first inmate who went to the hospital,” Nebraska prisons director Scott Frakes said.

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