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First California State Prison inmate tests positive for COVID-19

Posted at 9:29 PM, Mar 22, 2020

In a press release Sunday, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) announced the first inmate within the California state prison system has tested positive for COVID-19.

Officials say the patient, an inmate at California State Prison-Los Angeles County (LAC), is in stable condition and is being treated on-site, while in isolation from the general population.

Movement at the prison in Los Angeles County will be restricted as officials investigate and quarantine those deemed at-risk for an observation period, according to the press release.

Officials say there are protocols in place that follow recommendations for quarantines set forth by the California Department of Public Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Any incarcerated individual who shows symptoms for COVID-19 will be tested for COVID-19 as appropriate.

This announcement comes as several staff members in the state's prison system have tested positive for the virus.