California Prison Visits Suspended Due to COVID-19 Spike
California prison authorities are suspending in-person and family visits to inmates from Saturday due to the increase in COVID-19 cases among staff and inmates, officials said on Friday.
The shutdown is effective for California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation facilities statewide for 15 days.
“This temporary measure aims to limit movement between and within establishments (and) is a necessary step to curb transmissions,” said the CDCR. “In-person and family visits will be suspended from Saturday, January 8, until further notice.
“The visits on Friday January 7 will go ahead as planned. All current family visits will be allowed to continue until the family visit is complete. “
The CDCR says it will offer video tours during the suspension.
The agency’s COVID tracking page shows a total of 2,838 new confirmed COVID cases among employees over the past two weeks, with a total of 2,764 active cases. The CDCR indicates that 49 deaths of staff members have occurred since the start of the pandemic.
The CDCR has identified 1,343 new cases among its prison population over the past two weeks, with a total of 246 deaths.