The Coronavirus as seen through the eyes of our Insiders

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Part VII: Remember the Insiders who also help

SHAUN 4/24 (Federal Medical Center, Rochester, MN)

As many of you may or may not know, the COVID-19 virus has hit BOP, with, as of this date, over 40 facilities* (that is a third) being infected. There are also multiple state and private facilities that have also been infected, and in a lot of cases death has occurred. Here is what a lot of people tend to forget. It is not just the staff that takes care of the inmates; other inmates take care of them also. I am a hospital housekeeper/attendant here at the Federal Medical Center in Rochester, MN. Fortunately, we have not had any cases yet**, but in other medical facilities and other regular facilities, they have.

Unfortunately, being in such a closed and cramped environment, once the virus enters, it will spread like wildfire, and with this national lock-down that the BOP is doing, time will only tell what will happen. For those of us that are on the front line of this, people need to know that we just don’t clean bathrooms and rooms. We also sanitize halls, clean the isolation and quarantine rooms, and we also will sit and be with the patients as Health Care Companions.

Many of you may have loved ones that are in a facility somewhere and are worried about their safety, as which you should. It should be comforting to know that there are a group of people in every facility whose jobs are to contain and try to rid the facility of the virus or keep the virus out.

Here is my wish to all of you that are reading this: Pass this on and remember not only the front-line workers out there, but remember those that are on the inside. They are putting themselves at risk to make sure that others are safe and cared for. Remember, even though they are in prison or jail, they also have families, kids, wives, brothers or sisters. It is important to remember that this is not a “who can do better” or “who cares, they are in prison” situation. We all need to work together and put our conflicts aside. Currently, BOP is offering FREE phone calls during this time, so write to your loved ones and have them call you. Now is a time to make a change; now is the time to become one nation.

*Editor’s addendum: As of today, 5/4, Covid-19 has been confirmed in 51 facilities, resulting in 38 inmate deaths.

** Rochester FMC as of today has one staff member who has tested positive.

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      Donna K Lynde

      I am writing in regards to my son,who is incarcerated at the Elkton Federal Institution in Lisbon, Ohio. My Son has a compromised ammune system. He had ITP – Immune Thrombocytopenia, a rare autoimmune disease and he had to have his spleen removed to control this disease. The conditions at the prison are a death sentence for those who are compromised. He has 155 inmates in his area so there is no social distancing. They were all given one 3oz. bar of soap a week. They just put soap in the bathrooms on May 1, 2020. There was no administrative staff for two weeks and no regular guard for their area. Elkton prison is highly understaffed even before the Pandemic. Because of the understaffing they are locked in their rooms all day with no fresh air except when the go out to get their meals and go back to their cubicle. My son told me there is black mold on the ceilings, he is on top bunk. Prolonged exposure, black mold can be more dangerous. The most common black mold spores are associated with a respiratory response. Most common systems are Chronic coughing and sneezing, irritated eyes nose & throat also rashes, chronic fatigue and headaches. Symptomatic of black mold poisoning. My son has been incarcerated for 1yr and 7 months living in these conditions. Why has there been no compassionate release during this pandemic for those who are most compromised & now there is the black mold I have to worry about. He is a wonderful Son, Husband, Father and Grandfather. I don’t want my son to die in prison. You would have to personally know him to know he is not what he is being defined as, he is not a Sex Offender but a wonderful man who got mixed up with the wrong people on the internet for posting images of children, he would never hurt a child. Why is our government not shutting down these sick websites to protect us. Worried, anxious and stressed.

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