FDC increases COVID-19 testing at Central Florida prisons

FDC increases COVID-19 testing at Central Florida prisons
As of Monday, nearly 4,000 of Florida’s state prison inmates were in medical quarantine because of COVID-19. (WFTV.com News Staff)

ORLANDO, Fla. — The Florida Department of Corrections announced increased testing at Tomoko and Sumter correction institutions overnight.

On Wednesday, prison officials said they tested 155 inmates who were showing no symptoms. Those results are still pending.

If an inmate decides not to get tested they’ll be put in quarantine or isolation for at least 14 days.

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Inmates who test positive will also be isolated and given the appropriate medical attention.

Channel 9 previously reported that 84 inmates tested positive at Tomoka Correctional Institute.

FDC officials are now offering testing to staff who aren’t showing symptoms to make sure asymptomatic carriers aren’t interacting with inmates.