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State officials say worker Covid testing could foment unrest at Ontario prison

ONTARIO – State prison officials say they have no plans for widespread testing of employees at Snake River Correctional Institution, saying that that could lead to a “powder keg” at Oregon’s largest prison.

In a court filing last week, state officials said testing of workers wouldn’t slow the coronavirus but the resulting disruptions could trigger anger among inmates.

The Oregon Department of Corrections also said it has stepped up its enforcement of mask mandates at the Ontario prison for both employees and inmates. The state said that through late April, 10 employees . . .