The coronavirus is hitting the prison system hard. For weeks, stories have been coming out about inmates who are seeking their release because of the pandemic, claiming that it is basically impossible to practice social distancing and remain clean. With soap shortages being reported, some prisons have become potent breeding grounds for the virus.
By now, you’ve heard about Tekashi 6ix9ine‘s release due to his concerns about the virus. R. Kelly has also been trying to be freed as a result of the health crisis. Some very troubling numbers have just been released from a Louisiana prison dormitory, reporting that nearly all of their inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.
As reported by the Associated Press, the women at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in Louisiana were hit hard by the novel coronavirus. As of this week, 192 inmates tested positive for COVID-19. There are approximately 195 inmates in the dormitory unit. That means almost everybody was exposed to the virus and contracted it.
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The report notes that the majority of women are asymptomatic. So far, only 66 inmates have shown symptoms.
In addition, 41 dormitory staffers tested positive for the virus.
This is obviously pretty terrifying and it speaks to how quickly and effectively it is spreading.
Continue to practice social distancing and, if you are able, stay home. Wash your hands!