Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainees make up 23 of the 30 COVID-19 cases reported in the Nye County Detention Center this week, an ICE spokesperson has confirmed.
The cluster means the jail – which houses county inmates and immigration detainees – has more cases among inmates than have been reported in the entire state prison system.
Frustrated community members and immigrant rights organizations that warned about the spread of the virus among inmates say the outbreak was preventable and want to see more changes made to mitigate the situation.
“We warned of this moment locally, alongside our national allies calling to #FreeThemAll,” said the Arriba Las Vegas Workers Center in a statement shared with The Nevada Independent. “The COVID-19 crisis in the Nye County Detention center is the result of blatant disregard for human life and general health and safety precautions.”
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This portion of the article is shared as part of our collaboration with The Nevada Independent. This story was originally published on Saturday, July 11 and written by Jazmin Orozco Rodriguez.