Wisconsin’s prison guard shortage has been getting worse for a decade. It reached a new depth this week.
Seven prisons had simultaneous outbreaks of more than 100 active COVID-19 cases among inmates each on Monday. More than 4,700 Wisconsin prisoners have become infected.
After being suspended because of COVID-19, new prison admissions resumed this week but with precautions. Mass testing at Wisconsin's prisons is also underway.
Two inmates at Oshkosh Correctional Institution are now infected with COVID-19, but they had not recently left the facility, and no staff at the prison have reported testing positive for the virus.
The Wisconsin Department of Corrections believes the inmate was exposed to the virus while on a trip outside of the prison.
The DOC employee has been directed to quarantine for 14 days, and the site where he or she worked has gone through a deep cleaning.
An employee at Waupun Correctional Institution tested positive for COVID-19, the first reported case of the novel coronavirus in Wisconsin's prison system.
One prisoner says Waupun officials were ‘preying on the ignorance’ of inmates by failing to notify them for months of dramatic changes in policy.
Corrections Secretary Ed Wall said social media threats by staffers and former staffers led to the cancellation.