“We are in unprecedented times as we deal with the challenges COVID-19 pandemic,” California correctional health care receiver J. Clark Kelso said in a statement.

“In order to meet the current needs of the response, as well as working towards further delegations of medical care returned to state control, it became obvious that the reorganization is necessary to ensure sustainability in the long term.”

According to the state Department of corrections, there are currently more than 1,300 cases in San Quentin with nearly 70 percent of those cases appear in the last two weeks. Six prisoners died from the virus, according state data.
In total 165 employees also positive for the presence of the virus in San Quentin.

During a pandemic, officials in the US have identified prisons as the main sources of the virus. But the prisoners and experts have warned social distancing is a major challenge for many facilities.

Adnan Khan, Executive Director for re:the shop of justice, reform of the criminal justice system advocacy group, said it was impossible for the detainees to follow the protocols for social distancing and other governing documents of the centers for disease control and prevention.

Khan spent four years in prison San Quentin is located in the North building, where 800 people share 12 collect call phone and 20 shower in a communal bathroom.

The bomber, who was found dead from coronavirus. Almost half of the cases in the prisons of California in the same facility
“Leaders of souls, about a foot away from each other, people get splashed, people cough and spit. It is inevitable,” Khan previously told CNN.
To respond to the crisis, the Department of corrections announced it reduced its population by almost 10,000 inmates since March-through an accelerated transition to parole 3,500 prisoners and the suspension of the fence from the prison. Officials also created a space in the facility to isolate patients who have a positive result and a quarantine of those exposed to someone who has the virus.

At the facility announced that it had also suspended the transfer after criticism from state leaders later can transfer from the California institution for men in Chino.

Governor of California Gavin Newsom turned to a deadly outbreak at the prison during a press conference Monday, saying that prisoners who were transferred from the California institution for men in Chino in San Quentin, spreading the virus on an object that “has not been passed.”

Si-EN-EN Jenn Selva, Nicole Chavez and John Passantino contributed to this report.

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