Ohio has the largest number of COVID-19 cases behind bars

The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections has started reducing the number of inmates to help slow the spread of the dealy isease.

After widespread testing this weekend in Ohio’s prisons, the state says 3,312 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. That’s significantly more than any other state in the country. 

About 26% of all of Ohio’s confirmed cases are in the prison system, with the most coming from the Franklin Medical Center and the Marion and Pickaway Correctional Institutions. 

No other state has reported as many cases of COVID-19 behind bars as Ohio, in large part because no other states have tested as many inmates as Ohio has.


“Because we are testing everyone — including those who are not showing symptoms — we are getting positive test results on individuals who otherwise would have never been tested because they were asymptomatic,” the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction says.


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