Prison and jail officials are beginning preparations to protect inmates and staff against possible outbreaks of infections from the Coronavirus called COVID-19.
State and local Health Departments are working closely with correctional facility administrators and staff to prepare them for the possibility that the Coronavirus could enter jail and prison populations, which could prove especially deadly considering how rapidly the virus spreads.
Due to the close quarters and overcrowding in most jails and prisons – it is especially worrisome to officials trying to ensure the safety of inmates, staff, and correctional officers alike.
While there have been no reports of Coronavirus infections, or any confirmed cases of Coronavirus cases in any jail or prison in the United States so far – officials are preparing for the worst.
Close quarters and confined spaces – like prisons and jails – are very much like the confined spaces on cruise ships, for example – the Diamond Princess Cruise ship – where 3,711 passengers were quarantined, and 705 cases of Coronavirus infections confirmed, and 4 deaths – as of February 25, 2020.
- Monitoring for Coronavirus symptoms in inmates and staff
- Issuing N95 masks to inmates and staff
- Quarantine of suspected cases of Coronavirus infections
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