By Gretchen Schuldt
The number of positive coronavirus cases among people incarcerated in state prisons jumped by 662 last week, the largest one-week increase since those cases began to surge in August.
There were a cumulative total of 2,274 coronavirus-positive tests in as of Friday, a 41% increase from the 1,612 cumulative cases reported just a week earlier.
Facilities reporting increases in COVID last week are below. The first column shows the total number of cases reported as of Oct. 2 and the second column shows the total cases reported as of Oct. 9. The final column shows the one-week change.
The figures show there is a growing outbreak at Oshkosh Correctional Institution and another potential outbreak at Columbia Correctional Institution. Outbreaks continued at Kettle Moraine and Dodge Correctional Institutions.
Prisons reporting increases in COVID cases during the week ending Oct. 9
Gov. Tony Evers has fallen conspicuously silent on the issue of coronavirus infections among incarcerated people and staff – 577 prison staff members have tested positive and has done little to reduce prison crowding, which makes the coronavirus more likely to spread. Adult prisons are about 19% over design capacity.
In July, WISDOM, a state social justice organization, called on Evers to take specific steps to reduce crowding.
10/17/2020 02:55:03 pm
My brother is at Jackson Correctional. This past week, he was called to the health services unit to receive the results of blood work. While there, he stood in the hallway with 2 sick individuals. He said they were handled by people with PPE on. He saw the doctor and returned to his unit. He got into trouble for returning to his unit, because, while he was gone, his unit was locked down for suspected covid cases. Nobody in health services told him he could not return to his unit. Now, his unit, which is a dormitory has, subsequently, been locked down all week. The inmates are made to stay on their beds as they have no rooms to go to. The warden at JCI does not show movies to help pass the time. She says she puts her money into programming instead. DOC Secretary Carr put out a memo assuring that things would be done to help during these difficult times. I wonder if there is any accountability in the system. Being made to stay on a bed all day (outside of eating and showering) is highly inappropriate.
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