Michigan prison hot spot says 12th inmate has died of virus

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COLDWATER, Mich. (AP) – A 12th inmate has died from COVID-19 complications at a southern Michigan prison where more than 50% of inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus.

Lakeland prison in Branch County has a large share of Michigan’s older prisoners and is the first to test everyone.

The Corrections Department said 785 of roughly 1,400 prisoners at Lakeland have tested positive.

Only a fraction of all prisoners have been tested statewide, but the infection rate was 56%.

There has been at least 33 deaths.

Separately, the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit to try to force the release of immigrants with health problems at the Calhoun County jail.

They’re being held there by federal immigration authorities.

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