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FRAMINGHAM – The Massachusetts Department of Corrections is reporting 78 of the 188 inmates at MCI Framingham are positive with the COVID-19.

That is roughly 42% of the inmates.

The good news is that 18 of the 78 have recovered from the virus at MCI Framingham.

The 78 number is a 13 percent increase over the last 13 days.

On May 1, 69 of the 190 inmates were positive for the coronavirus or about 36%.

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There have been 7 deaths reported within the Department of Corrections, but none at MCI Framingham.

On Mother’s Day, more than 50-vehicles participated in a protest outside the female prison.

Organized by Families for Justice as Healing, the protest was to make public the inhuman conditions of confining these women inside the correction s institute during the pandemic.

At MCI-Framingham, there are now 4 staffers positive for the virus, down from a high of 14.

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The Department of Corrections last month hosted mobile testing at MCI-Framingham and South Middlesex Correctional Center, where COVID-19 testing was provided to all inmates and staff. These two sites are on the same complex and house female inmates.

As of today, May 13, 2,825 inmates have been tested with a total of 362 positive.

MCI-Shirley has the most cases with 149 inmates with the virus.

A car rally was also held outside of MCI-Framingham also on May 3 at 99 Loring Drive in Framingham.

On Friday evening, April 3, the Massachusetts Department of Correction began to restrict movement within all facilities to allow greater social distancing within all facilities.

Corrections staff at all facilities have been instructed to utilize personal protective equipment if they will be within 6 feet of another individual or in an area with inmates who have tested positive for the virus, said a spokesperson.

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Inmates will receive meals and medication in their units and have opportunities to shower, clean their rooms, and use the telephone. Laundry, mail, and other required services will not be interrupted, said a press release from the department.

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Susan Petroni is the former editor for SOURCE. She is the founder of the former news site, which as of May 1, 2023, is now a self-publishing community bulletin board. The website no longer has a journalist but a webmaster.