Montana State Prison facing staffing shortages (MTN News photo)
Visitations have been cut back (MTN News photo)
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The Montana State Prison will restrict visitation this weekend after an influenza outbreak was discovered at the facility this week.
Prison Public Information Officer Amy Barton confirmed to KXLF Friday that nine cases of influenza have been confirmed among the inmates at the prison on Wednesday. This has prompted prison officials to restrict visitation and some movement within the facility that has an inmate population of more than 1,500 and about 60 corrections officers. The prison temporarily banned activities that involve large groups of inmates and restricted some inmates to their cells who show flu-like symptoms, Barton said.
There will be no visitations at the prison over the weekend. Prison officials will review the restriction policy next week after monitoring for any new cases of flu.