By Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2020

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - More state prisons workers have recently tested positive for the coronavirus, state prison officials said Thursday.

An employee at the agency’s central office and another at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln are the latest to test positive, the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services said in a news release.

On Tuesday, the department said two other staffers - one attending the agency’s Staff Training Academy and the other at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women in York - had tested positive.

The latest cases bring the number of prison employees across the state to test positive for the virus to 72. The most recently infected are self-isolating at home., the agency said.

The department said it will notify those who work and live in the facility about the latest cases. In addition, anyone who may have had close contact with the staff member will be directed to self-quarantine until they are cleared by a medical provider.

The agency said on its website that 57 inmates across the state had tested positive for the virus as of Sept. 4. That’s out of 1,546 inmates tested.

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