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As COVID-19 Reaches Santa Rita Jail, Decarceration Becomes More Urgent
by Ella Baker Center
Oakland, CA — According to Alameda County jail officials, a nurse in Santa Rita Jail has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the first positive test in the jail. The positive case follows at least one confirmed exposure and several possible exposures at the jail by an arrestee and sheriff deputy. For the last two weeks, advocates with the Audit Ahern Coalition and healthcare labor unions have been calling for the Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO), Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, and Alameda County Board of Supervisors to reduce the risk of this pandemic for those incarcerated at Santa Rita Jail, their families as well as the broader Alameda County community.
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