California’s oldest jail facility is battling a widespread coronavirus outbreak that has affected almost a 3rd of its inmates, USA Today reports. San Quentin State Jail, with three,507 inmates, reported 1,059 optimistic coronavirus circumstances as of Monday, mentioned Gov. Gavin Newsom. He mentioned 42 % of San Quentin’s inmate inhabitants is “medically weak.” San Quentin’s outbreak is greater than double the dimensions of the one on the California Establishment for Males in Chino, the place there are 509 confirmed coronavirus circumstances.
The state will arrange air-conditioned tent constructions for therapy at San Quentin. Newsom mentioned the reason for San Quentin’s outbreak continues to be beneath investigation, however pointed to a switch of prisoners from Chino. “Sadly, they arrived untested and had been positioned inside San Quentin and actually form of seeded an outbreak in a second state facility,” mentioned Dr. Matt Willis, public well being officer for Marin County. Greater than four,800 inmates have examined optimistic for coronavirus in California’s jail system, which homes 113,00zero inmates. Mitigation measures embrace the suspension of in-person visiting, lowering the inhabitants density of dorms, offering masks for inmates and workers and “staggered eating, telephone calls, and showers.” The outbreak is delaying some reopening plans in Marin County, the place San Quentin is situated. Gyms, private companies, lodges and short-term leases, initially slated to reopen on Monday, had been “paused.” The state has recognized 110 San Quentin inmates who’re eligible for early launch, however Newsom mentioned that 70 of them have nowhere to go.