Last Updated on July 22, 2020 by BVN

San Bernardino County officials have reported the deaths of two additional inmates at county facilities. Both men had recently tested positive for COVID-19, one at the West Valley Detention Center, and the other is housed at the Central Detention Center.

To date, a total of 161 County jail inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus, though officials insist, “Many of the inmates are only experiencing minor symptoms of the virus.”

Officials further assured the infected inmates are in isolation, being monitored around the clock, and are being provided with medical treatment.

Federal patient privacy guidelines restrict the release of additional information regarding the identity of the inmates or their medical treatment.

The county also highlighted how inmates are being provided with face coverings, cleaning supplies and soap. In addition, they are urged to wash their hands repeatedly throughout the day and are routinely reminded of the need to practice social distancing to slow the spread of COVID-19.

However, many advocating on behalf of inmates believe social distancing is difficult in such facilities.

Eight department employees have recently tested positive for COVID-19 and are self-isolating at home. To date, 89 department employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

S.E. Williams

Stephanie Williams is executive editor of the IE Voice and Black Voice News. A longtime champion for civil rights and social justice in all its forms, she is also an advocate for government transparency and committed to ferreting out and exposing government corruption. Over the years Stephanie has reported for other publications in the inland region and Los Angeles and received awards from the California News Publishers Association for her investigative reporting and Ethnic Media Services for her weekly column, Keeping it Real. She also served as a Health Journalism Fellow with the USC Annenberg Center for Health Journalism. Contact Stephanie with tips, comments. or concerns at myopinion@ievoice.com.