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COVID-19 cases grow at Arizona jail with largest concentration of U.S. Marshals detainees in nation

A private facility in Florence, Arizona that houses more than 3,000 defendants awaiting federal court proceedings is grappling with an outbreak of COVID-19 where at least 20 jail staff and detainees have tested positive since the facility’s first confirmed case in late April. Close to two hundred more detainees are in isolation or quarantine due to exposure to the virus, according to Arizona U.S. Marshal David Gonzales.

La Palma cases increase after ICE assured judge of no suspected cases

Three days after ICE officials claimed in court filings that there were no longer any active or suspected COVID-19 cases in an Eloy, Arizona immigration detention facility, four more detainees there tested positive for the virus. The surge in cases at the La Palma Correctional Center contradicts the agency’s court claims, and calls into question the efficacy of ICE’s tactics for limiting the spread of COVID-19 in facilities holding more than 32,000 immigrants across the U.S.


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