The Detroit Free Press reports that Michigan is investigating possible COVID-19 reinfections among prisoners in the state's correction system. The state health department is reviewing cases of possible COVID-19 reinfection among Michigan prisoners after more than 100 people have tested positive for a second time while incarcerated. The Department of Corrections has identified 115 [...]
The Detroit Free Press reports on families and advocates protesting Michigan's Department of Corrections handling of the pandemic as cases continue to grow inside Michigan's prisons. More than 95 prisoners have died so far. Advocate Zoe Jackson noted, "There are actions that could've been taken at a state level but nothing has been done. [...]
ABC News reports on how prison inmates face big risks of COVID virus exposure but are nowhere near the top of the list to get vaccinated in many states. They also report that, "Michigan has decided to treat prisoners like everyone else, vaccinating them based on their age and health problems and not prioritizing them [...]
NPR reports that with no clear indication if and when vaccines will be given to prisoners, advocates and prisoners are calling on states and the federal government to do more to reduce COVID exposure in prisons. Hear more: https://news.wbfo.org/post/advocates-call-changes-prisons-reduce-inmates-exposure-coronavirus
ClickOnDetroit reports on Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Corrections efforts to help stop the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan's prison facilities. Governor Whitmer said, "This is a concern that we share as an administration, and I know that families across the state are worried about the safety of their loved ones who [...]
Radio station WDET reports that COVID-19 continues to spread through Michigan's prison system. Outlier Media's Joey Horan says that the Michigan Department of Corrections is not doing enough to protect inmates, staff and the communities they might touch outside. Horan notes that, "people are intentionally packed in like sardines," which makes controlling spread of COVID-19 [...]
Many inmates and their loved ones say that Governor Whitmer is wrong to claim that Michigan prisons are following CDC guidance. MichiganRadio.org reports that "42% of state prisoners have now been infected with the coronavirus" as families with loved ones in prison note that, "there's not enough soap or sanitizer, and many inmates are living [...]
The Detroit Free Press reports that, "The number of active COVID-19 virus cases among Michigan's prisoners has reached... an all-time high during the pandemic, with 4,690 current infections in facilities across the state." All of Michigan's 29 prisons have at least one active coronavirus infection among prisoners or staff. The Central Michigan Correctional Facility [...]
Sootoday reports that there are more than 800 active COVID cases reported in Chippewa County prisons. Kinross Correctional Facility has 776 prisoners and 40 corrections staff testing positive with COVID. 775 of these cases still considered active and no deaths have been reported.
WNEM News reports that as of November 20, 2020 1,444 inmates have tested positive for COVID at the St. Louis Correctional Facility. No deaths have been reported.