The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the Lansing Correctional Facility continue to grow.
Confirmed cases at the prison have seen a sharp increase since Kansas Department of Corrections officials announced last week that all inmates at LCF are being tested for the virus.
The Kansas Department of Corrections reported Wednesday afternoon that a total of 609 inmates at the Lansing Correctional Facility have tested positive for the virus. However, a daily update released Wednesday afternoon by the Leavenworth County Health Department reported a total of 618 inmate cases at LCF.
Todd Farley, a member of the county’s COVID-19 response team, has blamed discrepancies in figures released by the Health Department and KDOC on differences in the timing of when the agencies receive updated results.
Lansing Correctional Facility has capacity for 2,432 inmates. But a report from KDOC indicates that as of Tuesday, there were 1,716 inmates at the prison.
Three LCF inmates who tested positive for COVID-19 have died.
According to the KDOC, at least 60 inmates who have tested positive for the virus have recovered.
The KDOC reported Wednesday that 88 employees at LCF have tested positive for the virus. Of those, 22 have been able to return to work.
Rebecca Witte, public information officer for the Kansas Department of Corrections, confirmed Wednesday that more widespread testing of LCF staff members will begin this week.
The Leavenworth County Health Department reported Wednesday that 783 people in Leavenworth County have tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the outbreak. This includes 618 inmates at LCF.