A California state prison inmate has tested positive for the coronavirus (COVID-19) earlier this week.
The inmate is the first confirmed case in the California State prison system. COVID-19, also known as the “new” coronavirus. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 2511 cases have been confirmed in the State of California. Of the cases in California, over half of the cases were those 18 to 49-years-old and slightly more men than women.
The inmate patient who is incarcerated in Los Angeles County is in stable condition and is being treated on-site. The inmate has been in isolation since March 19, 2020, when he notified staff that he was not feeling well. As a result of his symptoms, he was tested for COVID-19. The results came in on March 22, 2020, indicating that the inmate had tested positive. All those considered at-risk were also quarantined for an observation period.
“The Agency has protocols in place that follow recommendations for quarantines set forth by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,” California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) officials said. “Any incarcerated individual who shows symptoms for COVID-19 will be tested for COVID-19 as appropriate.”
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