Covid-19 conditions & complications

Taylor, Shariff



Covid-19 Conditions & Complications Pg. 1. Submission Saturday 5-9-20 This letter is in receipt of your letter dated on May 5th, 2020. My first essay to A.P.W.A. talked about coronavirus [an and] how I am dealing with it but I feel it's important to [acurately accurately] report or write what I and others are dealing with it too. To date we <prisoners at R.J.D.C.F.> have been on modified lockdown with only officer escorted medical and mental health appointments like emergency surgery, dental and one-on-ones with primary clinicians for those inmates who are having problems coping to "no movement from the cell life"! There have been multiple inmates in the mental health program that went to the "crisis bed" or have done suicidal deeds which include wrist cutting or hanging themselves due to panicking about the coronavirus outbreak in <7> of California's prisons. Also there is the fact that <3> medical staff and a correctional officer contracted Covid-19, so the consensus by the inmates is "It's only a matter of time before this place is Pg. 2. death trap" because they <the prison staff and the administration> wouldn't get an infected inmate rapid medical attention to be able to have a fighting chance of survival due to too many red tape and procedure. Yes, they <prison officials> have cleared out <5> cells in each building and emptied out bottom tier cells in preparedness of inmates showing signs of, or inmates who contract, Covid-19 but there aren't any [effencientcy efficiency] of observance concerning when those who're quarantined, cell doors open by tower officers, not [labelling labeling] their buttons correctly, inmates AND officers not wearing their mask or face cover, mediocre decontamination or cleaning supplies and finally officers don't seem to enforce that we <inmates> clean areas that are in use at all times like the shower, rails and common surfaces. I've come to the ultimate conclusion that if I want to survive, I have to do what I have to to stay healthy by wearing my face cover <which they issued to all inmates three weeks ago>, washing ->turn over Pg. 3. my hands and face every time I touch anything or anybody outside my cell, plus wiping down surfaces in my cell constantly, along with washing my clothes every time I even wear them on my body for a second. To be honest, I'm scared to death of catching coronavirus, then dying from it without my Mom not being informed, or being lied to of the cause of my death, because that does happen unfortunately. On top of that, I worry about my Mom more, especially since she's the only one who writes me, sends me money, still has faith in me and seems to be the ONLY person who actually loves me. If things differ or I find out more, I'll definitely write A.P.W.A. Attached or enclosed is my permission for prison journalism project and mourning our losses. See attached. Sincerely Shariff Taylor R.J.D.C.F. San Diego, CA

Author: Taylor, Shariff

Author Location: California

Date: May 9, 2020

Genre: Essay

Extent: 3 pages

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