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The only Texas prison reporting zero coronavirus cases is where inmates make soap. But that’s not what’s credited with protecting it.

Of more than 100 Texas prison units, the Roach Unit's apparent ability to avoid the virus has been attributed to a remote location and a warden who strictly enforces precautionary measures.

Inmates at the Central Unit used to make thousands of pounds of soap at this factory. Amid budget cuts, the unit closed in 2011.

The top way to help stop COVID-19 is simple! Wash your hands! The Centers for Disease Control says to vigorously wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds often. Soap? We have plenty! Not just a stock pile, TDCJ produces soap that is made at the Roach Unit daily. #tdcj #washhands #RoachUnit

Posted by Texas Department of Criminal Justice on Monday, March 16, 2020

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