Michigan requiring COVID testing for all inmates statewide

Gov. Whitmer signed the executive order Saturday
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Published: Aug. 15, 2020 at 9:41 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed an executive order requiring jails and prisons to test inmates for COVID-19 when they enter, transfer from or are released from their facilities.

The order issued Saturday also requires jails to adopt testing protocols comparable to those at the Michigan Department of Corrections before they can transfer prisoners to state facilities. Whitmer said that “by reducing the spread of COVID-19 in prisons and jails, we protect corrections officers and their families, incarcerated people, and the whole community.”

Jails that have already resumed transfers to state facilities under a prior executive order have until Sept. 8 to comply.

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