Apr 20, 2020 - Health

Ohio prison is largest known source of coronavirus infections in U.S.

A state prison in Marion, Ohio, is now the United States' largest known source of COVID-19 infections, according to a New York Times database.

Why it matters: With poor sanitary conditions and close quarters for inmates, U.S. prison and detention systems are dangerously susceptible to the coronavirus. Prisons around the country have become vectors for infection, prompting authorities to either release inmates or take other steps to mitigate the spread of the virus.

The big picture: 1,937 people, or nearly three-quarters of the prison's population, have been infected at the Marion Correctional Institute. 1 in 5 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Ohio can now be traced back to the state's prison system, according to the Times.

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