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ACSO Requests $255M in New Funding; COVID-19 Reaches Santa Rita Without Plans in Place
by IWOC Oakland
Just over a week into the “shelter in place” directive that is now statewide, COVID-19 has reached Santa Rita Jail. The County confirmed on March 26 that a nurse working in one of the jail’s housing units has tested positive for the virus. In response, that pod as well as one other in Santa Rita were placed under quarantine on Friday, March 27. The second pod was quarantined allegedly in response to a case of pneumonia or other similar medical condition. All transportation of detainees between the jail and the federal courthouse has been suspended, according to a federal court notice. Community advocates warn that this exposure, combined with Santa Rita’s widely-reported health and sanitation issues, foreshadows a critical and dangerous scenario for the inmate population.
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