LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — At least 33 inmates at a federal prison based in Lexington have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department.
One staffer at the Federal Medical Center also tested positive, the Lexington Herald-Leader reported.
The center has 1,456 inmates according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
“We are conducting routine case investigation and contract tracing for those reported Fayette County residents who have tested positive and who work at this facility, as we would for others who test positive in the community, in order to limit spread of disease,” said Dr. Kraig Humbaugh, Lexington’s commissioner of health. “Our health department has been in communication with the facility and is willing to help with guidance and other potential needs.”
Nationwide, the virus has spread through long-term facilities like the Federal Medical Center. In Muhlenberg County, an outbreak at Green River Correctional Facility led to the entire prison being tested, the newspaper reported.
For most people, the new coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up within weeks. For some, especially older adults and those with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, even death.