Delta variant invades San Quentin as inmates test positive for COVID-19

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Groundbreaking cases of COVID-19 have been reported in San Quentin, leaving loved ones outside the prison walls very worried.



a group of people standing in front of a building: four inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 in San Quentin.


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Four inmates tested positive for COVID-19 in San Quentin.

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation told KCBS Radio that four inmates were infected due to the delta variant last week.

There have been no additional cases of COVID-19, but the outbreak was enough for officials in San Quentin to place a block of cells in quarantine with inmates transferred to single cells.

During a prisoner rights protest outside San Quentin, Tamara Morgan Hudson said she worried about her husband who is behind bars.

“Her unit is currently blocked,” she said. “We were unable to make in-person visits due to the mini-outbreak of the new variant.”



George Jackson et al.  standing in the sand: A demonstration for prisoners' rights took place outside San Quentin.


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A protest for prisoners’ rights took place outside San Quentin.

Inmate rights activist Judy Greenspan is concerned because San Quentin experienced a massive epidemic last year, before inmates were given vaccines.

“I think they have vaccinated a higher percentage of prisoners than they have guards, so the guards are going to introduce the virus,” she told KCBS radio.

The department said it has a large COVID-19 mitigation program and reports that 85% of inmates in San Quentin are currently vaccinated.

In May, a lawsuit was filed against the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation by hundreds of inmates who alleged the prison system’s failure to protect them from the virus was cruel and unusual punishment.

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