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70 employees tested positive for COVID-19 at Tehachapi prison in past two weeks: CDCR

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TEHACHAPI, Calif. (KGET) — Seventy employees have tested positive for COVID-19 at the California Correctional Institution in the past two weeks, bringing the total amount of staffers who have contracted the virus to 83, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation says.

Nine have returned to work, CDCR says.

“CDCR does not centrally track employee testing numbers, but we post all confirmed cases regardless if the staff member tested positive through department testing or if they tested positive through testing in the community,” the department says.

Additionally, 32 inmates tested positive in the past two weeks, bring the total of positive inmates to 134, according to CDCR. Five inmates have been released while actively positive.

The current population of CCI is 3,711 inmates. CDCR says 185 inmates — 5 percent of the population — have been tested within the past two weeks.

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