Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Coronavirus cases spike in California prisons again

Coronavirus cases soar in California prisons again – as the omicron version spreads throughout the country.

There are more 2,300 active cases of COVID-19 among inmates in California prisons now, up from 52 reported cases in early December.

Half dozen state prisons have seen COVID-19 outbreaks more than 100 new cases in the past two weeks.

And over 3,800 California prison staff are currently infected with COVID-19. Employees are not required to be vaccinated if they don’t work in health care.

The state Department of Corrections said in a statement that the agency is “taking immediate steps to protect those who live, work and visit our state prisons,” noting that hospitalization rates are low (three inmates are currently hospitalized) and 80% of inmates and 69 % of staff are fully vaccinated.

It has been reported that since the start of the pandemic In California prisons, 246 people have died. from the virus.

The Inspector General’s report last year criticized California. correctional department for outbreak at San Quentin prison, which infected about 2,000 inmates and killed more than two dozen people.

The front gate of San Quentin State Prison, June 29, 2020, California.

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In California, as in the rest of the country, blacks and Hispanics are disproportionately incarcerated and disproportionately affected by the coronavirus.

USA saw steep climb in cases of COVID-19 in recent weeks, as the highly contagious variant of omicron spread. Hospitalization and mortality remain low among people who are fully vaccinated and revaccinated.

Previous jumps in cases of COVID in California prisons in the summer and winter 2020 prompted supporters to demand a drastic reduction in the number of prisoners in the state.

While the state released thousands people from prison over the past couple of years – a decrease in the number of prisoners in California with about 122,000 prisoners in March 2020, at the beginning of a pandemic, to today almost 100,000 – said the defenders This is not enough

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