HARRISBURG (AP) – PA state prisons are stopping in-person visits for the coming month because their staff has been thinned by the coronavirus. The halt to visits at all state correctional institutions will begin Thursday and last until Feb. 28. Free video visits will be expanded. Acting Corrections Secretary George Little says quarantine requirements have increasingly required voluntary and mandatory overtime that he considers unsustainable. About 90% of inmates are fully vaccinated. Among state prison staff, barely half are fully vaccinated.

GEORGE LITTLE