It’s only a matter of time before inmates in prisons and county jails are exposed to the novel coronavirus, public defenders and advocates said Thursday.
And officials said they are monitoring prisoners at state prisons and facilities such as the Metropolitan Detention Center in Bernalillo County – the largest county jail in the state.
“MDC continues to follow established infection prevention and control guidelines to prevent the spread of emerging infectious diseases,” Bernalillo County spokeswoman Tia Bland told the Journal. “We provide information, education and screening. MDC has airborne isolation rooms available to utilize as needed.”