Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Prison System Launches H1N1 Resource Page

Frequent Updates on Containment, Visitation and Public Health

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and California Prison Health Care Services (CPHCS) have launched a web page dedicated to keeping the public updated with the most current information related to the H1N1 virus in CDCR facilities, the status of visiting, and the Department’s efforts to curtail spread of the disease: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/H1N1

The H1N1 resource page provides up-to-date information on how the disease impacts adult prisons, juvenile facilities, out-of-state contract facilities, community correctional facilities and conservation camps. The page includes links to health agencies, and prevention videos in English and in Spanish produced and distributed to CDCR offenders.

Since the detection of H1N1, CDCR has worked closely with the court appointed medical Receiver and state and local health departments to provide staff and inmates with information and resources to prevent and control infection, and avoid spread of the disease:

  • On May 3, the detection of a probable case of an inmate with the H1N1 virus at Centinela State Prison prompted CDCR and the Receiver to suspend all visiting and non-essential activities at prisons, youth facilities and contract facilities. This first probable case was confirmed on May 6.
  • Given the absence of suspected cases within juvenile facilities, all visiting restrictions at CDCR Division of Juvenile Justice facilities were lifted on May 8.
  • On May 11, a CDCR inmate housed in the Florence Correctional Center in Arizona was diagnosed with the H1N1 virus.
CDCR and the Receiver’s office are currently tracking a number of suspected cases and are awaiting test results. For the latest information, visit CDCR’s H1N1 Resources page regularly at: http://www.cdcr.ca.gov/H1N1