740 inmates at a federal prison in Yazoo City have tested positive for COVID-19, currently the highest number of inmate cases among federal prisons nationwide, according to the Bureau of Prisons. Currently, 6 Staff have COVID as well.
The medium-security prison has a population of 1,416.
The medium-security prison is part of a federal complex that includes low and maximum-security prison facilities.
At the high-security facility, 98 inmates and four staff members were reported having COVID-19, according to the Bureau of Prisons. Fifty inmates and five staff members are listed as positive for the coronavirus at the low-security facility.
According to the Bureau of Prisons, the Jackson and Tupelo Residential Reentry Centers, which are for inmates who are close to release, each reported nine cases among inmates.
Last week, the agency reported about 6,000 federal inmates and 900 staff have tested positive for COVID-19 in prison facilities
According to the Mississippi Department of Corrections, there are 14 active COVID-19 cases among inmates in state, regional, and private facilities.
According to the department, the highest number of active cases among all the state facilities is the eight reported at the Chickasaw County Correctional Facility.
Overall, the state prison officials have reported 1,530 total cases at Mississippi prisons.
Ten inmates at the Hinds County Detention Center are positive for COVID-19, said Capt. Crystal Houston, public information officer for the Hinds County Sheriff’s office.