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Three hundred and fifty Delaware inmates have recovered from coronavirus after testing positive in July, according to the state Department of Correction.
The Monday evening announcement comes after state officials confirmed in mid-July that nearly one-third of the 973 inmates held at Sussex Correctional
Institution outside Georgetown tested positive for the virus — the worst outbreak at any state-run facility during the pandemic.
The department did not announce any new deaths of inmates from coronavirus on Monday.
One inmate at SCI died of the virus last month. He was the eighth Delaware prisoner to die after testing positive for the virus since the beginning of the pandemic, one of the highest per-capita rates in the country, according to statistics compiled by the non-profit The Marshall Project.
Seven of those deaths in Delaware came from an earlier outbreak at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center near Smyrna, an outbreak that infected more than 100 before it was rooted out of the prison earlier this summer.
As of Monday, 20 inmates at Morris Community Corrections Center in Dover have also recovered from a coronavirus cluster that started with three SCI inmates who were transferred to the prison, the department said.
Each recovered inmate is going to take follow-up COVID-19 tests and has to test negative twice in a row before they can return to the general inmate population, the department said.
Except for the SCI inmates who are still carrying the virus and one isolated case of a work release participant at Plummer Community Corrections Center in Wilmington, there are no positive cases at the other seven state facilities, the department said.