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Lawmaker monitoring virus outbreak at federal prison

A federal lawmaker said his office is keeping a close eye on a recent outbreak of COVID-19 among inmates at a Union County prison in his congressional district.

Thirty-three prisoners recently tested positive for coronavirus at USP Lewisburg, bringing the number of cases there to 35.

The big jump in COVID-19 cases reportedly came after inmates had been restricted to their cells following the discovery of a single person at the federal prison testing positive.

“Our office has reached out to USP Lewisburg leadership and offered

our assistance as they continue to mitigate further risk of infection throughout the penitentiary,” U.S. Rep. Fred Keller, R-Kreamer, said. “We will remain in contact and, as always, stand ready to assist.”

In addition to USP Lewisburg, an inmate and a staff member turned up positive for COVID-19 at USP Allenwood.

Prison officials and those with the American Federation of Government Employees Local 148 representing penitentiary staff were not available for comment Monday.

Statewide, the number of positive cases as of Monday was at 114,155, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Health.

That figure included 565 additional positive cases of COVID-19. No deaths were reported.

For Lycoming County, there were 339 positive cases (312 confirmed and 27 probable).

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