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Coronavirus As COVID-19 cases surge in Milpitas, Elmwood Correctional Facility sees outbreak among...

As COVID-19 cases surge in Milpitas, Elmwood Correctional Facility sees outbreak among inmates

Milpitas is seeing a rapidly rising COVID-19 case count. According to Santa Clara County’s COVID-19 dashboard, the city has as of today seen 235 infections, only mere days after crossing the grim milestone of 200. 

Also today, The Beat shared that the Milpitas Unified School District (MUSD) has indefinitely postponed its hybrid learning plans, whereby students would have had the option of combining in-school learning with distance learning. Now distance learning shall prevail until future notice. 

In addition, the current disease spread has reached Milpitas’ Elmwood Correctional Facility, one of two Santa Clara County jails. According to the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s dashboard, as of today 17 county inmates have tested positive for the virus, 16 of whom are housed in Elmwood’s M8B Unit.

Elmwood inmates are routinely tested for COVID-19 prior to receiving dental care. One such inmate was tested in the past two days, and when their results came back positive, the inmate’s dormmates were all tested, as well. That round of testing yielded 15 more positive results.

All visitations to the M8B Unit have been put on pause. All infected patients have been placed under quarantine in their own cells, under the supervision of medical personnel.

In the meantime, only four Elmwood inmates are presently allowed out of their cells at the same time. The M8B Unit has COVID-19 signage plastered on its walls, urging social distancing and mask-wearing among inmates and staff. Staff members are undergoing disease testing, as well.

The general public remains advised to shelter in place, practice social distancing, engage in mask-wearing, and regularly wash their hands.

 

 

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Eric Shapiro
Eric Shapiro is a writer and filmmaker. He is the author of six critically acclaimed fiction books, among them the novella "It's Only Temporary" (2005), which appeared on Nightmare Magazine's list of the Top 100 Horror Books, and numerous short stories published in anthologies alongside work by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Stephen King, Chuck Palahniuk, and many others. His nonfiction articles have been published on The Daily Dot, Ravishly, and The Good Men Project. His first feature film, "Rule of 3" (2010), won awards at the Fantasia International Film Festival and Shriekfest, and had its U.S. premiere at Fantastic Fest. His second feature film, "Living Things" (2014), was endorsed by PETA (People For The Ethical Treatment of Animals) and distributed by Cinema Libre Studio. In 2015, he won the 19th Annual Fade In Award for Thriller Screenplays. He was a founding partner of Ghostwriters Central, a writing and editing firm which received positive notices from The Wall Street Journal, Consumers Digest, and the TV program "Intelligence For Your Life." Eric has edited works published on The Huffington Post and Forbes, as well as two Bram Stoker Award-nominated novels.

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