COVID-19 Cases At California's San Quentin Prison Soar Past 1,000

The active cases affect about one-third of the Marin County prison's population.

6/30/2020 5:54:00 AM

The active cases affect about one-third of the Marin County prison's population.

The active cases affect about one-third of the Marin County prison's population.

on Monday in a disastrous outbreak that now encompasses about a third of the prison’s population.According to data from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR), 978 of the 1,021 cases at the Marin County facility were confirmed in the past 14 days.

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“That is our deep area of focus and concern right now,” Gov.Gavin Newsom(D) said of the outbreak at San Quentin during his Monday news conference.The roughly 3,500-inmate prison, the oldest in the state, reaches the milestone as California sees a statewide surge in cases that is forcing Newsom to close down businesses and activities in several counties that had reopened. The situation at San Quentin, other state lawmakers say, is shameful.

“Unrestrained COVID-19 infections at San Quentin State Prison is creating the worst prison health catastrophe in state history,” Assemblymember Marc Levine, a Democrat who represents Marin County, said in a statement last Friday, adding he’s been pushing prison officials to develop a plan to contain the disease spread.

“The current rate of infections at San Quentin tells us that the worst is yet to come,” he said at the time, when there were just 545 confirmed cases among San Quentin inmates. Read more: HuffPostWomen »

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