9th staff member dies of COVID-19 at California Department of Corrections

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SAN QUENTIN, CALIFORNIA – JUNE 29: A California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officer wears a protective mask as he stands guard at the front gate of San Quentin State Prison on June 29, 2020 in San Quentin, California. San Quentin State Prison is continuing to experience an outbreak of coronavirus COVID-19 cases with over 1,000 confirmed cases amongst the staff and inmate population. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

(CNN) — A ninth staff member has died from COVID-19, California’s Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Sunday.

The employee worked at San Quentin State Prison and was the first staff member at California’s oldest prison to die of the disease, according to the department.

COVID-19 has claimed the lives of 24 inmates there, according to the department.

Prisons around the country have struggled to keep the virus from spreading among staff and inmates. At San Quentin, more than 2,000 inmates and 261 staff members have been infected.

More than 1,000 staff members statewide are confirmed cases, according to the CDCR.

As of Saturday, California had 545,787 confirmed cases statewide and 10,189 deaths, according to the Department of Health.

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