According to the Cook County Sheriff’s Office, 304 detainees at the jail in Chicago and 174 correctional officers have tested positive for the deadly disease, American News reported.
Of the detainees sickened in the outbreak, 20 have been hospitalized and 39 have been moved to a recovery facility. Earlier this week, officials announced that two detainees died of "apparent" complications due to coronavirus, pending autopsy results.
The Cook County Jail was the site of the largest cluster of coronavirus cases in the United States, according to reports. Inmates have posted handmade signs pleading for help in the windows of their cells.
A federal judge on Thursday denied a motion to order the immediate release of medically vulnerable detainees at the Chicago jail to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.
The US now has more than half a million cases. New York state alone has more cases than any other country. The US also has the most coronavirus-related deaths in the world, with more than 20,000 fatalities. The coronavirus pandemic has infected 1.7 million people and killed more than 108,000 around the world.