38 Positive for COVID-19 in NYC Jails, Including Rikers
New York City was hit by the nation’s largest COVID-19 jail outbreak with at least 38 people testing positive at the notorious Rikers Island complex as well as the nearby facilities, the board overseeing the city’s jail system stated Saturday.
Meanwhile, another inmate was the first in the US to test positive for coronavirus in federal jail.
Board of Correction interim chairwoman Jacqueline Sherman, in a letter to criminal justice, said that about 58 other people were being monitored in contagious disease and quarantine units. She also stated that the jail system was in a crisis due to the pandemic.
Sherman wrote that in the past six days, at least 12 Department of Correction employees, five Correctional Health Services employees, and 21 inmates had tested positive for the virus.
The city’s jail agency and its city-run healthcare provider never responded to the messages seeking comment on the letter. The city’s Department Of Corrections on Friday said that only one inmate was diagnosed with COVID-19, along with seven jail staff employees. But the department acknowledged on Saturday that nineteen inmates, two fewer than in the board’s letter, and 12 staff members had tested positive.
According to a report, New York had consistently downplayed the number of coronavirus infections.