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2 California prisoners die of suspected virus complications

Authorities say an inmate from San Quentin State Prison near San Francisco and another from Avenal State Prison in Kings County died Friday at outside hospitals.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Corrections officials say two more California state prisoners have died from what appears to be complications of the coronavirus. 

Authorities say an inmate from San Quentin State Prison near San Francisco and another from Avenal State Prison in Kings County died Friday at outside hospitals. The state prison system has been struggling with major outbreaks of COVID-19 at its facilities. 

There have been more than 7,500 cases among inmates, including nearly 2,000 that are considered active. Forty-four inmates have died, according to state figures. 

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According to the CDC, coronavirus (COVID-19) is a family of viruses that is spreadable from person to person. If someone is sick with coronavirus, the symptoms they may show include mild to severe respiratory illness, cough, and difficulty breathing.

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  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces using a regular household cleaning spray or wipe.
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