Coronavirus Updates and WTD4U for Prisoners

COVID-19

WonderfulThingsDone, doing business as WTD4U, provides limited services to predominantly federal prisoners, those held within the walls, bars, and fences of the United States Federal Bureau of Prisons. One service includes sending periodic blog posts to keep the incarcerated informed about events and activities or topics of concern to the inmate population, such as prison or criminal justice reform.

On April 2, 2020, I sent the following information to many prisoners through Corrlinks.com, a service federal prisoners pay to use for sending and receiving emails:

Coronavirus numbers on the inside and outside continue to grow.

“I hope that each of you is staying safe and sane in the ever-changing situation going on with the Coronavirus pandemic.  It’s tough being locked down and feeling helpless over so many aspects of life on the inside and life outside of the prison walls.  But we, as humans, will survive and get past this, one day at a time.

“Staff and inmates alike have a significant issue to deal with as the virus continues to spread inside the walls of the United States Federal Bureau of Prisons, as well as for those of us in the free society. And even though it may be tough to deal with the conditions of a lockdown, especially if having to eat sack lunches and having limited access to showers, cleaning supplies, telephones, Trulincs/Corrlinks, and recreational activities, I feel most will agree that the lockdown is necessary to minimize the damage caused by this virus ravaging the population of the world at large.

“Here are the numbers listed today (April 2, 2020) for the B.O.P.  The numbers increased from 57-inmates yesterday to 75 today, and from 37-staff yesterday to 39 today.  https://www.bop.gov/coronavirus/index.jsp

COVID-19 Tested Positive Cases

Inmates:  75

Staff:  39

“(Inmate) 4/02/2020 – USP Atlanta (5); FMC Butner (10); USP Canaan; FCI Danbury (15); FCI Elkton (2); FCC Forrest City (2); FCC Lompoc (12); MCC New York (4); FCC Oakdale (12); FCI Otisville; FCC Yazoo City (4); RRC Brooklyn, NY (4); RRC Janesville, WI; RRC Phoenix, AZ; FLM Guam

“(Staff) 4/02/2020 – Atlanta, GA (3); Brooklyn, NY (4); Butner, NC; Chicago, IL (3); Danbury, CT (4); Leavenworth, KS (no inmate contact); Lompoc, CA; Milan, MI; New York, NY (5); Oakdale, LA (4); Otisville, NY; Ray Brook, NY (2); Talladega, AL (2); Tucson, AZ; Yazoo, MS (3); Central Office, Washington, DC; Grand Prairie, TX; Southeast Regional Office, Atlanta, GA

“Here are some numbers that show the magnitude of the worldwide effect.  The April 2, 2020, updated report issued at 2:35 pm EST, on the spread of the Coronavirus is as follows:

“Total Confirmed Cases:  981,221

“Active cases:  726,386

“Fatal cases:  50,230

Sample of Select Countries Affected:  United States:  235,787; Italy:  115,242; Spain:  110,238; Germany:  84,264; China (mainland):  81,589; France:  56,989; Iran:  50,468; United Kingdom:  33,718; Switzerland:  18,267; Turkey:  18,135; Belgium:  15,348; Netherlands:  14,697; Canada:  11,060; Austria:  10,967; South Korea:  9,976; Portugal:  9,034; Brazil:  7,011; Israel:  6,211; Sweden:  5,568; Australia:  5,136.

“(Numbers from COVID-19 Tracker ( https://www.bing.com/covid ))

“Every day I watch the data grow on reported cases of the Coronavirus, especially in the State of Georgia and local counties therein.  The good thing is that most people who contract the coronavirus will survive and live to fight another day, but that doesn’t negate the seriousness of this social problem affecting almost everyone in some way.  Each one of us can only control our impact and contribution towards the resolution of the pandemic by doing what we can to minimize the spread of the virus, where possible.

“In the prison setting where needed supplies are limited or prohibited, and disinformation runs rampant about what’s being done to stop the spread of the Coronavirus, each person can only do what is within their control:

1) Limit close contact with others where possible (impossible when locked in a cell with another person who may not have sanitary habits).

2) If you cough, cough inside your elbow rather than your hand, since coughing in your hand and touching objects spreads germs.

3) Take precautions by wash hands frequently, and especially before touching the eyes, nose, or mouth, after having touched a surface or other person.

4) And what works for me, take additional vitamin C to help the immune system stay strong, and for throat irritation from a cold or allergy or other illness, use a Lemon Squeeze to add one teaspoon of lemon juice into one cup of water as warm as you can stand it to gargle with, two-three times per day.

5) do regular deep-breathing exercises to increase the oxygen level inside the body (viruses and diseases thrive in low oxygenated environments, including our bodies).

“(If interested in breathing exercises that help reduce stress and improves our health, according to Dr. Andrew Weil, MD, send email to info@wtd4u.com to request more info.)

“I hope some of the above information provides something you can use to stay safe and to help live with better health.  Let me know if you wish to be excluded from this type of email.”

COVID-19 CONTINUES ITS RAMPAGE ACROSS AMERICA

Within a matter of hours after posting the numbers from the COVID-19 TRACKER, by 2:25 am, Eastern Standard Time, the number of those infected topped one million, 245,175 cases in the United States.

Globally, a total of 53,069 known people have died from COVID-19 since health official began tracking the current rampage.

When the United States Bureau of Prisons updates their website at 3:00 pm today (April 3, 2020), I expect those numbers to have also grown.

Statistics cannot show all who have been infected with or died from the Coronavirus, because there is not a way for anyone to know about the devastating effects of a virus that may lay inside a person’s body, undiscovered, infecting those who come near enough to inhale droplets from a cough or sneeze, or who touch an item or surface where the germs cannot be seen with the naked eye.

To help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and to learn more about what may be done to protect yourself from contracting this deadly virus, follow the recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which you may find at https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prevent-getting-sick/prevention.html

6 thoughts on “Coronavirus Updates and WTD4U for Prisoners

  1. Thanks! Wayne,
    That’s a lot of information about the coronavirus. You have managed to pack a lot of important data in there, very nicely indeed.

    I am interested in the break down of statistics of who is being released. Also if it’s just Federal or does it include States and County jails. Will some person’s or families being held in detention centers be released? And what about sex offenders/other’s imprisoned in Civil Commitment Center’s be released?

    I’ve heard the First Step Act releases pertain to Federal Prisons only. Still searching for clarity.

    From your response, I’m also thinking the particulars of this data has not yet been completed.

    Thank You for the Links.

    Bryce’s M❤M, Marie

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Thanks for the comment, Marie. The numbers grow daily about those infected inside the United States Federal Bureau of Prisons and all across the nation. I will post another blog soon but not necessarily in accordance with the requested information. You may find some information to the link I’ll provide following this comment but since it constantly changes and because many things relating to prisoners get caught in Bureaucratic red tape, the best way for a person to find information related to the outbreak of the Coronavirus and prisoner releases is to search the websites for the particular state or for federal prisoners, the United States Federal Bureau of Prisons’ website (https://www.bop.gov/coronavirus/index.jsp).
      ‘Jails Are Petri Dishes’: Inmates Freed as the Virus Spreads Behind Bars

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      1. Thanks! Wayne,
        That’s a lot of information about the coronavirus. You have managed to pack a lot of important data in there, very nicely indeed.

        I am interested in the break down of statistics of who is being released. Also if it’s just Federal or does it include States and County jails. Will some person’s or families being held in detention centers be released? And what about sex offenders/other’s imprisoned in Civil Commitment Center’s be released?

        I’ve heard the First Step Act releases pertain to Federal Prisons only. Still searching for clarity.

        From your response, I’m also thinking the particulars of this data has not yet been completed.

        Thank You for the Links.

        Bryce’s M❤M, Marie

        Liked by 2 people

        1. Thank you for the compliment. I’m happy you found meaningful content. The devastating effect of the Coronavirus pandemic has led to the release of many prisoners, state and federal and from many jails across the United States.

          In the Federal system, where there has now been 9-inmate deaths due to the Coronavirus, 335 confirmed cases for federal inmates and 185 for BOP staff; over 900-inmates have been placed on home confinement, which allows the prisoner/inmate to be at an approved residence with an ankle monitor or otherwise required to stay within set boundaries. Some may be sex offenders. Theoretically, no one is supposed to be released that is a threat to society.

          The First Step Act did only apply to federal prisoners; however, I believe some states passed similar legislation to provide their captives an incentive to program and take classes aimed to reduce recidivism. Thanks for asking! wtd

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