Third Cook County Jail Detainee Tests Positive For Coronavirus

The Maricopa County Estrella Jail in Phoenix Arizona. Due to the coronavirus some Arizona sheriffs are calling for the release of certain offenders from jail and urging police agencies to issue citations rather than arrest people. [Ross D. Franklin  AP P

Given that staff and prisoners are constantly entering and leaving state prisons, it's only a matter of time before there's an outbreak, they said.

The inmate is the first in Orange County to test positive for the virus, Carrie Braun of the Orange County Sheriff's Department said Tuesday.

Brown said her office is still investigating how the man might have contracted the virus, but said he's been in county custody since late December, making it unlikely that he caught the virus outside the jail.

"The governor and our staff are aware of the issue and take it seriously", said Tara Lee, the governor's communications director.

An inmate at the Central Men's Prison in Santa Ana tested positive for COVID-19. "He is one of many older, sick and compromised prisoners who really now face a fate not of their making".

Total number of confirmed coronavirus cases rise to 390: ICMR
Walmart Inc's Flipkart has suspended services, the Indian e-commerce firm said in a notice on its website as the lockdown began. PM Modi chaired the meeting where he was flanked by ministers who all kept a safe distance from each other as well as him.

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) said: "We have suspended all prison visits in England and Wales for today". Testing kits should also be made available at the hospitals in prisons.

By going directly to the Washington Supreme Court, the plaintiffs are hoping for a quick review and an emergency order for the state to act.

A coalition of criminal justice and prison advocacy organizations has filed a petition asking the Tennessee Supreme Court to take broad action to drastically reduce the population of Tennessee's prisons and jails in light of the coronanvirus pandemic. DOC has said it's already allowing access to hand sanitizer in situations where soap and water is not readily accessible.

Those released include nonviolent offenders held on misdemeanor offenses and inmates over the age of 60 "who didn't pose a risk to the community", Sheriff's Office spokesman Derreck Booth wrote in a news release. The 46 inmates who have not shown symptoms are also in quarantine, the sheriff said, as are the sheriff's department employees who came in contact with the inmate.

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