Nearly 1,000 people infected with Chuckawalla Valley State Prison in the worst coronavirus epidemic hit the prison system


In three weeks, the Chuckawalla Valley State Prison has gone from zero confirmed cases of COVID-19 to 993, the worst coronavirus epidemic to hit the California penitentiary system to date.

According to figures released by the state prison system, about 44% of the 2,256 men incarcerated in Chuckawalla, which is in the eastern end of Riverside County, tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus.

Although no detainee has died in Chuckawalla, the virus has spread rapidly: no detainee had tested positive for COVID-19 before May 15, according to Dana Simas, spokesperson for the California prison system. Since then, nearly 1,000 people have been infected. Each case remains active.

In comparison, the California Institute for Men in Chino, where 12 inmates died, recorded 759 total cases of COVID-19, of which 521 are still active.

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