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Outbreak at Springfield state prison has 127 infected


The South Dakota Department of Corrections says 127 individuals at Mike Durfee State Prison in Springfield have tested positive for COVID-19, following mass testing this week.

“A total of 127 inmates tested positive for COVID-19 with 22 inmates testing negative,” said spokesman Michael Winder Friday in a statement. “The inmates who tested positive have been isolated. All education, inmate skills training and work programs on the MDSP campus have been temporarily suspended. All inmate transfers to and from the facility are also temporarily suspended at this time.”

On the listing of Department of Corrections facility updates, three staff members at Mike Durfee State Prison are listed as having COVID-19 currently. A total of 412 inmates across South Dakota’s nine facilities have tested positive for the virus, with 241 now recovered.

Bon Homme County, which includes Springfield, has 95 active cases, and has logged 200 total positive cases since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Women’s Prison in Pierre has had 249 inmates and staff members recover, with 10 active cases, Winder said. Three rounds of mass testing took place in September.


It comes as South Dakota’s active case count climbed over 7,000 on Friday, with an additional 793 new cases reported.

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