10th Iowa Prison Inmate Dies from COVID-19; Overall Cases Down System-Wide

IOWA CITY, Iowa - A 68-year-old man is the 10th Iowa prison inmate to die from COVID-19.

It's the 2nd virus related death reported this week from the prison in Anamosa, which has had the largest outbreak during a system wide surge in COVID-19 cases.

The spike has led the public worker's union to push for a moratorium on inmate admissions and transfers at prisons, which the state has so far rejected.

Despite the mounting death toll, the surge in COVID-19 cases has subsided in the past two weeks at Iowa prisons.

There were nearly seven-times the number of positive cases reported on November 13th (roughly 1,400) as the were as of early Wednesday morning (206).

Half of the inmate deaths (five) have come from the Anamosa prison. One staff member system wide has died from the virus.

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