Inmates, Loved Ones on Edge After Large COVID-19 Outbreak at Corcoran Prison

Friday, November 13, 2020

Publication: ABC 30/Fresno

There are more than 500 cases of COVID-19 among inmates at the Corcoran prison - that's about 11% of the prison population.

The number of inmates infected with the coronavirus at the Substance Abuse Treatment Facility in Corcoran (SATF) has skyrocketed in recent weeks.

There are more than 500 cases of COVID-19 among inmates, or about 11% of the prison population.

There's concern that number could rise.

"They're all in the same prison but different yards are having different experiences," said Michelle Hoyt, whose boyfriend is an inmate at SATF.

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This week, San Francisco Assemblymember Phil Ting and other members of the state legislature made it clear to prison officials that the practices of masking and distancing need to improve.

"We're going to ensure that the secretary (of CDCR) and the receiver (CCHCS) fully communicate that and ensure that they follow up with each of the wardens and each of the staff to make sure that staff are properly wearing masks at the various facilities," Ting said.


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