* The Marshall Project…
Since March, The Marshall Project has been tracking how many people are being sickened and killed by COVID-19 in prisons and how widely it has spread across the country and within each state.
Illinois ranked 28th in infections per 10,000 prisoners.
* Each dot represents one new Illinois state prisoner infection…
* Matt Roy at WICS noticed something…
Prior to the week of Aug. 4, the spread in Illinois prisons was minimal.
However, that week is when IDOC facilities began accepting transfers from county jails again.
Then, the numbers started to boom and the rate in prisons is higher than the rest of the state’s population.
This is also the time that the staff infection rate rose, as well.
Luckily, there are no deaths to report for staff members, but the infection rate is 171% higher than the normal population.