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Over 130,000 cases of COVID-19 inside — a COVID-19 update

By LJ Dawson

Founder of The Des and freelance journalist based in Washington, D.C.

Marsha Brewer holds a sign she made for a vigil outside of the Colorado prison her husband is held in. Jim is at high risk for COVID-19, but CO’s Gov. Polis has refused to extend executive orders that could release more people held at risk. Read more from me here: Colorado Springs Indy

“These jails and prisons are basically tinder boxes for infectious diseases that could be easily transmitted, usually via respiratory route,” Carlos Franco-Paredes, an associate professor of medicine and infectious disease at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, said.

Franco-Paredes listed the main reasons that jails, detention centers and prisons transmit COVID-19 at higher and more deadly rates than other places:

  • Poor ventilation in facilities

  • Close and tight spaces increase the R number (the number of people one infected person successfully passes the virus to)

  • Increased susceptibility to the virus compared to the general population

“[Incarcerated people] don’t have a choice to shield from the pandemic. And if you don’t do enough to protect them then… it’s the fault of the system.”

The Marshall Project is tracking cases in inmates and staff nationwide for each state:

Credit: The Marshall Project

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