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Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In December 2019, the CDC began monitoring an infectious disease outbreak caused by a new coronavirus strain first identified in Wuhan, China. On February 11, 2020, the World Health Organization announced an official name for the disease: COVID-19, which was officially named a pandemic on March 11, 2020.

The first case in the United States was announced on January 21, 2020, in the state of Washington. The first fatality in the United States was announced on February 28, 2020. Find COVID-19 breaking news, what corrections officers and staff need to know about the novel coronavirus, and tips for public safety leaders in how to prepare for and educate the public on the coronavirus here on Corrections1.

The lawsuit stemmed from the botched transfer of infected inmates in May 2020 from a Southern California prison to San Quentin, which at the time had no infections
Resilience expert Mike Taigman provides strategies first responders can use to manage stress during the long haul of this pandemic
The Broward County sheriff’s deputies will be fired as they face charges of alleged $500,000 fraud from federal aid programs meant to cushion COVID-19 impact
Five former inmates secure a settlement against a jail doctor for administering ivermectin without their consent amid COVID-19
Sgt. Gilbert Polanco died from COVID-19 after state officials ordered the transfer of infected inmates into his prison from another facility
The lawsuit contends detainees at the Washington County Jail were given ivermectin as early as November 2020 but were unaware until July 2021
Court Section officers are caught up in a lawsuit over conditions at borough courthouses and remain under a federal judge’s order to wear masks
The suit alleges the inmate contracted COVID-19 because of poor practices or indifference at the jail
After getting 155,730 applications from eligible essential workers, including LEOs, FFs, EMS providers and COs, lawmakers realized they would have to put more money in or slash benefits
12 to 14 new cells will be used to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other infections, or for any other medical reason requiring an inmate to be isolated
The 52 inmates who each sought a $1 million payment were among 77 prisoners at the Iowa State Penitentiary in Fort Madison who had been given overdoses of the Pfizer vaccine by prison nursing staff
Some of the defendants were in custody and used jail phones “to complete the fraudulent PPP loan process,” officials said
Out of 595 people who were released on $0 bail from April 2020 through June 2021, 420 were re-arrested, with 123 of them arrested for violent crimes
As of Monday morning, 34 of the jail’s 2,864 inmates were COVID-positive
After administrators at the Portland jail revoked her security clearance, the woman was forced to take a pay cut to work at a different jail, according to a lawsuit
The individual was reportedly immediately isolated and contact tracing is underway
In response to COVID concerns, local courts had required jails to set bail for all misdemeanor and felony offenses at $0.01, with exceptions for crimes such as serious or violent felonies
State employee unions have been making cases for bonuses since early in the pandemic
Currently, 26 inmates have tested positive; the facility is on lockdown until June 6
The fraud ring used stolen identities to collect COVID-related unemployment benefits
The court sided with CDCR over a federal healthcare receiver who had initiated the vaccine directive
People who work in healthcare settings at prisons will still have to comply with a separate mandate
The inmates, who sued saying they were given ivermectin unknowingly to treat their COVID-19, are no longer being held in the county facility
More than 5,000 employees received the temporary pay increase that went into effect Sunday
“Now is the time to riot, they are trying to kill us in here with COVID in here,” one of the inmates allegedly said
The woman’s son coordinated with another person to email her a spreadsheet containing the personal information of 9,043 people
Corrections officers must be fully vaccinated by May 11 or within three weeks of becoming eligible for a booster shot