- Associated Press - Friday, November 20, 2020

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Department of Corrections reported the first coronavirus-related death of a prison staff members as the state reported Friday that confirmed virus infections have now surpassed 200,000.

The Corrections Department reported Thursday that a staff member at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville died on Monday due to a COVID-19 infection. The department listed it as the first death of a corrections staff member but didn’t immediately respond to a request for details.

Eight inmates have died of causes related to the coronavirus, according to the department’s website. More than 500 inmates are now testing positive for the virus.

Across the state, there were 4,359 new confirmed cases in the past 24 hours as of Friday morning, raising the total number of cases to 203,033. The state reported 25 people died of the virus, increasing the total number of deaths to 2,127.

Iowa has the nation’s third-highest number of cases per capita in the last 14 days, according to information from Johns Hopkins University.

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