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Outbreak continues at state prison in Forest County

In the midst of an outbreak at State Correctional Institution – Forest, the number of cases of COVID-19 in the county has more than doubled in a week.

On Jan. 14, the county had had 574 cases.

As of Thursday, that number was 1,245.

Of those cases, more than 1,000 are association with inmates and staff at SCI-Forest, according to statistics provided by the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.

Forest County’s rate is 17,179.5 cases per 100,000 population. That is almost twice as high as the rate in the county that is second highest. Mifflin County had 8,821.4 cases per 100,000 as of Thursday.

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