This story was told by a person incarcerated at Chuckawalla.
UCI: What would you most want people to know about your experience in these past couple months?
Caller: Is that, when I became positive. Okay. I was negative maybe five times after taking the nose, the thing down your nose right. I was maybe negative five times. And then all of a sudden I popped up positive.
They sent me out of here, over to another building where everybody else was positive and had pneumonia. Okay. Two days later, I passed out. Okay. On-
I passed out and they take me by 911 emergency over to the hospital, to the main hospital. Okay. And what I want everybody to know is that there are so many inmates here going to that hospital, and being treated. I mean I would want to say the best they can, but there’s just too many of us in this situation.
But for me, when I got over there, they had to do a CAT scan of my brain and my chest. Come to find out, that not only was I COVID positive, but I had COVID pneumonia in my chest. Okay. I was dehydrated.
And because I was taking blood pressure medication, the doctor told me that was a “cocktail for disaster. And that’s why you passed out and we had to get you down so quick. Because you had a seizure like episode” and I never had seizures in my life. You know?
So it’s just, being in here in these circumstances is not a good thing with this pandemic as far as I’m concerned. I want people to know because I don’t know what else can be done except for moving people. You know. We have to minimize the numbers in order to practice social distancing, in order to be safe.
And there’s no way to do, with this many people in the building.