Kovid-19 rages through crowded California prisons

This means that the total number of inmate infections in California now exceeds 22,300, including 90 deaths.

According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), the pandemic accounts for about 227 covid-19 cases per epidemic or about 20% of the total prisoner population. Among the public, this number is approximately 32 cases per 1,000 people.

A growing number of prison facilities are trying to control local and state authorities on a large scale spread throughout California’s communities. On Friday, the state broke its previous case record, reporting more than 22,000 new cases. Hospitals are at record-high levels with more than 9,900 Kovid-19 patients statewide, of which approximately 2,200 are in intensive care units.

Gov. Gavin Newsom said the state was “a tough point in our fight against the virus,” announcing a strict regional migration order this week, which would come into force 48 hours after ICU capacity was reduced by 15%. One of the five regions, Northern California, Bay Area, Greater Sacramento, San Joaquin Valley or Southern California.

A severe warning came weeks ago

In late October, the Office of the Inspector General issued a report warning the state outbreak department about an impending outbreak.

The DOJ Watchdog report found a shortage of employees contributing to the Kovid outbreak in California jails

“Our staff noticed that staff and disorganized individuals often failed to follow those basic safety protocols,” such as physical disturbances and the use of face masks, the report read. In addition, the inspector general found examples of broken thermometers and inadequate screening procedures.

Approximately 70% of the current Kovid-19 outbreak is concentrated in about five institutions in the state – which also have the highest prisoner mob rates. Meanwhile, the nine prisons that have been hit hardest by the epidemic have a capacity of at least 120%.

Pleasant Valley State Jail in Fresno County, at 122% capacity, currently has the highest number of Kovid-19 cases, with 992 out of 2,833 inmates infected with the virus.

On 15 November, there were about 27 cases in Pleasant Valley. Two weeks later, it recorded 457 active infections. And this number has doubled in a week.

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That meteorite rate of transmission has become all too typical in most California prisons, which have little access to physical distances and poor ventilation.

“It’s built into the system that has the potential to spread,” says Sharon Dolovich, a law professor at the University of California, Los Angeles, and director of the Kovid-19 Behind Bars Data Project. Dolovich estimated that to properly deal with the Kovid-19 outbreak, reducing capacity by 100% would not be sufficient and that authorities should aim for 60% occupancy instead.

“We know what needs to be done since the onset of the epidemic, and it hasn’t been done,” she said.

Efforts made to reduce the number of population

The state’s prison system has worked to combat potential outbreaks by reducing the total number of inmates, which currently sits at a three-decade low of 97,889, up from about 121,349 in March, according to the Department of Corrections.

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But the wave of early releases has slowed in recent months, including in high-risk and elderly people.

According to the Department of Corrections, court documents show that between 5 October and 4 November, 450 people were released early between 4,421 and 4 July.

“We have implemented strong response and mitigation efforts throughout the system, including the use of procedural (surgical) masks by all employees in our institutions, anyone entering the field of institutions is verbally screened Is and temperature is checked, and staff and prisoners are tested regularly., “Said Vicky Waters, a special adviser at CDCR.

He said that people jailed till 26 November have been suspended.


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