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SCI Huntingdon is now the main contributor to COVID-19 cases in Huntingdon County.
Pa. Dept. of Corrections

Thirty-three people -- 16 staff members and 17 inmates -- at the state prison in Huntingdon have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections. SCI Huntingdon, which added 10 confirmed cases today, is now the main contributor to the county’s COVID-19 cases. 

Prison inmates pruning oak tree
Anne Danahy / WPSU

On a recent day at the forestry camp at Rockview state prison, the focus was on tree pruning. Devin Ashe and other students took turns working on an oak tree.

“I didn’t know trees were as complex as they were, what they do for the environment, wildlife as well as humans,” Ashe said.

FILE – This June 1, 2018, file photo, shows a control center in the west section of the State Correctional Institution at Phoenix in Collegeville, Pa.
(AP Photo/Jacqueline Larma, File)

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's state prisons are on lockdown after staff members at a fourth prison required treatment in recent weeks from exposure to a yet-unidentified substance described as a liquid synthetic drug.

The Department of Corrections announced the step Wednesday, a couple hours after it reported that two guards and three nurses at Albion state prison reported feeling sick and required medical attention.

The department didn't say how long the lockdown will last.