Chronology of Events
Dec. 30, 2020 Random Covid testing conducted
Jan. 3, 2021 A resident in my dorm was confirmed Covid-positive. The dorm, thus, was placed on quarantine lockdown.
Jan. 19, 2021 Medical quarantine terminated
Jan. 26, 2021 A Covid-positive resident collapsed. The dorm was placed back on lockdown.
Jan. 29, 2021 Another dorm resident hospitalized, coughing up blood, Covid-positive. Quarantine extended to Feb. 14th.
Feb. 4, 2021 Unit-wide lockdown for shakedown initiated
This is where we stand today. I have this morning watched as the residents of two other dorms were paraded out of their housing units wearing only their boxer shorts and marched to the north chapel, where they were held while their personal belongs were molested by the very same individuals who are bringing Coronavirus into this facility.
It has been manifestly demonstrated that this virus, oftentimes, is carried and transmitted by individuals who are asymptomatic, not knowing even that they were infected. What could the prison administration possibly be thinking here? In just the past ten days, my dorm has lost two of its residents to Coronavirus. Now granted, that does not sound like a lot, at least until it is viewed as a percentage of the whole. Two residents of eighty constitutes 2.5% of the dorm’s population. Imagine that as the same percentage of the U.S. Population, something more than 8,000,000 people.
Unit-wide proactive (i.e. lacking a disciplinary basis) shakedowns, at least until this virus is reined in, are dangerous propositions. They are a gamble whereby the prisoners’ lives, without their consent, are being wagered.
Steven McCain 2096064
2665 Prison Road 1
Lovelady, TX 75851