What happens inside will inevitably influence what happens outside. Any outbreak within our jails and prisons can cascade into the community.
Once COVID-19 spreads throughout a facility, the burden of caring for these sick people will necessarily shift to local community medical facilities. Large numbers of seriously ill incarcerated individuals will strain overtaxed hospitals, increasing everyone’s morbidity and mortality.
As of April 8, Chicago’s Cook County Jail was the top cluster for the virus that causes COVID-19.