California’s San Quentin State Jail, the place a lethal coronavirus outbreak was reported final summer season, has been fined greater than $400,000 for office security violations.
The state’s Division of Industrial Relations’ division of occupational security and well being (Cal-OHSA) issued almost 15 violations, culminating in a $421,880 positive — one of many highest penalties issued by the state for Covid-19 violations.
The jail didn’t report infections or deaths of staff, in line with the violation. From June to July, there have been 5 cases of staff hospitalized with Covid-19.
Inspectors additionally discovered that there have been no “appropriate cleaning brokers” within the worker restroom. The eyewash station was additionally inaccessible.
The citations come simply days after the state’s inspector basic launched a report saying the jail’s “deeply flawed” detainee transfers contributed to the outbreak.
“San Quentin State Jail has made many enhancements and already remedied a number of of the citations within the eight months since Cal-OSHA visited the establishment. The visits passed off final June and July, and we’ve got labored with Cal-OSHA representatives all through the pandemic to make sure rules have been met and issues addressed expeditiously,” the California Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) mentioned in a press release.
San Quentin State Jail, positioned about 20 miles north of San Francisco, has confirmed 2,151 instances and 28 associated deaths — the very best variety of fatalities among the many state’s jail system.
Greater than 40% of inmates there have examined constructive for Covid-19 prior to now two weeks, in line with the CDCR.