This story was told by a person incarcerated at Avenal.
Caller: Um some of the medical staff have real negative attitudes and they kind of voice their negative attitudes around the inmates, which kind of creates a negative environment for the inmates in trusting the medical staff. So uh… basically it’s uh… kinda a scary environment.
UCI: Okay, so what’s the current COVID situation at your facility?
Caller: In my building, they have, they had one dorm quarantine, where they took them and when they test positive they grab the, they roll up the whole dorm, they send them to like a lock-up unit.
They’re gone 14 days, and then that one came back, another guy went and from my understanding they swooped on him. In our yard, there’s like I believe there’s four dorms and all the buildings that are in quarantine, and those are people having to go to dentist.
We tested back in May and there was like 90% of the building, this building came up positive but we haven’t, as a building, we haven’t did a complete test since. And with the amount of people that are coming up positive just to go to medical, there’s probably, I would assume 30 or 40% of the people that have it still.