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More than half of all COVID-19 cases in Michigan prisons are in Ionia County

2021-02-18T15:26:57-05:00

Fox News reports that of the nearly 900 positive cases of COVID-19 in the Michigan prison system, more than half of those cases are found in Ionia County. The Michigan Department of Corrections also noted that the UK variant of COVID-19 was found at Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia. This strain is believed [...]

More than half of all COVID-19 cases in Michigan prisons are in Ionia County2021-02-18T15:26:57-05:00

Highly contagious COVID-19 strain found at Michigan prison

2021-02-18T15:26:52-05:00

The Detroit Free Press reports that prisoners and staff at a state correctional facility in Michigan are now being tested daily for the coronavirus after the detection of the highly contagious B.1.1.7 variant of coronavirus. The variant, which first appeared in the United Kingdom in September, spreads more easily than other previously identified strains. [...]

Highly contagious COVID-19 strain found at Michigan prison2021-02-18T15:26:52-05:00

Michigan prisons looking for new variants of COVID-19

2021-02-18T15:26:47-05:00

Michigan Public Radio reports that Michigan Department of Corrections is sending test results to labs to look for coronavirus variants. The variant of the virus from the United Kingdom (B.1.1.7) is thought to be about 50% more transmissionable than the original strain. It was first detected in Washtenaw County in mid-January and their are concerns that it [...]

Michigan prisons looking for new variants of COVID-192021-02-18T15:26:47-05:00

MI Prison Employee Tests Positive For Coronavirus Variant From UK

2021-02-18T15:26:39-05:00

A faster-spreading variant of coronavirus has been discovered for the first time at a Michigan prison reports Patch.com. The report notes that MDOC officials said an employee at the Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility in Ionia had tested positive for B.1.1.7, otherwise known as the U.K. variant of the coronavirus. It is the first known [...]

MI Prison Employee Tests Positive For Coronavirus Variant From UK2021-02-18T15:26:39-05:00

‘A death sentence’: US prisons could receive COVID vaccines last despite being hotspots

2021-02-18T15:26:24-05:00

The Guardian reports that the question of when,  "2.3 million incarcerated Americans will receive the vaccine depends largely on where they are detained." Many vaccination plans have been in flux over the last few months because of politics - who gets vaccinated and when. Unfortunately this means many prisoners risk dying in prison. One [...]

‘A death sentence’: US prisons could receive COVID vaccines last despite being hotspots2021-02-18T15:26:24-05:00

Solitary Confinement May Worsen Covid-19 Transmission in Prisons

2021-02-18T15:26:13-05:00

According to reports, during the Covid-19 peak in April, there was a 500 percent increase in solitary confinement. Distinct from medical isolation, solitary confinement usually involves restrictions and reduced access to resources such as TV. This push to use solitary confinement to reduce the spread of COVID-19 likely resulted in prisoners not reporting symptoms [...]

Solitary Confinement May Worsen Covid-19 Transmission in Prisons2021-02-18T15:26:13-05:00

Activists, students criticize the exclusion of Michigan prisoners from Phase 1 COVID-19 vaccination

2021-02-04T16:44:42-05:00

The Michigan Daily reports that activists and students are criticizing Michigan's COVID immunization plan for not prioritizing individuals in prison. As COVID cases continue to rise in Michigan's prisons, activists and families of those in Michigan prisons are pressing for prisoners to have priority for vaccination because of living conditions in prison. Read more: [...]

Activists, students criticize the exclusion of Michigan prisoners from Phase 1 COVID-19 vaccination2021-02-04T16:44:42-05:00

Report: Michigan prisons near highest COVID rates in nation

2021-02-04T16:42:05-05:00

Traverse City Record Eagle reports that just as vaccination efforts begin in Michigan’s prisons, the data shows that the state has some of the highest COVID-19 infection and death rates in the nation. Michigan’s Department of Corrections suggests that due to wide-scale testing across the Michigan’s prison population that this may indicate that other [...]

Report: Michigan prisons near highest COVID rates in nation2021-02-04T16:42:05-05:00

Michigan Actually Released Fewer Prisoners In Pandemic’s First Year

2021-01-21T15:40:32-05:00

Deadline Detroit reports that fewer Michigan prisoners were actually released in the pandemic's first year. As Covid-19 rages in Michigan’s prisons, delivering death sentences to more than 120 people who didn't earn them, the Michigan Department of Corrections has insisted it’s doing everything in its power to keep inmates safe. But that hasn’t included [...]

Michigan Actually Released Fewer Prisoners In Pandemic’s First Year2021-01-21T15:40:32-05:00

COVID-19 spread fast in Michigan prisons. Advocates say they should be prioritized for vaccine

2021-01-21T15:38:09-05:00

The Lansing State Journal reports that advocates are calling on Michigan to start prioritizing inmates for vaccination as COVID spreads through the state's prison system. The coronavirus has taken a staggering toll on Michigan prisons. More than 23,700 inmates have tested positive, Michigan Department of Corrections figures show, and 127 have died. The state's prison population [...]

COVID-19 spread fast in Michigan prisons. Advocates say they should be prioritized for vaccine2021-01-21T15:38:09-05:00
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