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URGENT UPDATE: #COVID-19 Test Kits Needed for Federal Bureau of Prisons–NOW! – Screening is Not Actual Testing!

Originally posted on Enough 14.
Written by Keith “Malik” Washington

USA. March 25, 2020. Recently I have reported on the desperate need for Covid-19 Test Kits to be provided for employees and prisoners who Work and whom are housed in Facilities operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Since that report, I have engaged in some Investigative Journalism and discovered that Prison Administrators at the Federal Correctional Complex at Pollock, Louisiana have ordered SCREENING for ALL Federal Employees entering the Federal Prison Complex at Pollock daily but because of a Shortage of Covid–19 Test Kits, the B.O.P. employees ARE NOT being Tested!

Screening consists of Medical Personnel seeking to discover whether B.O.P. employees entering the Prison Complex are exhibiting the symptoms connected with Corona-virus Infection. Symptoms such as High Fever or Dry Cough. However, there is a growing body of evidence which clearly shows that many Transmitters of Covid-19 are ASYMPTOMATIC and the only way to determine whether or not a human being has been infected is through ACTUAL COVID–19 TESTING.

However, I repeat–there are No Covid–19 Test Kits Here at USP Pollock and this comes from employees who work in the Medical Department Here at USP Pollock.

Thus far, most of my fellow prisoners here at USP Pollock are Healthy. Our greatest concern is whether or not the Federal Correctional Officers who work here and come and go daily, will also stay healthy.

A FORMULA FOR DISASTER

The construction of most Modern Federal United States Penitentiaries resembles a Sealed Concrete Cell Block Building. We have a Central HVAC System which connects to All Individual Cells in the Building. IF JUST ONE PRISONER OR GUARD BECOMES INFECTED WITH THE CORONA VIRUS IT CAN CREATE A DIRE SITUATION.
The Covid–19 Virus by its nature is an Airborne Pathogen that can be easily transmitted by the HVAC System here at USP Pollock and many similarly constructed Federal Facilities across the United States.

WE CAN-NOT OPEN OUR WINDOWS FOR FRESH AIR! We are virtually trapped in a potential DEATH TRAP and that is exactly why I have raised the Alarm and pleaded with the General Public to Demand the White House and the U.S. Department of Justice provide the following:

#1.) Covid–19 Test Kits for B.O.P. employees and the prisoners housed in B.O.P. facilities
#2.) Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)-which includes: Masks, Gloves, and possibly even Ventilators when needed!
#3.) The Federal B.O.P. and the Department of Justice must start to Consider Releasing Prisoners who are within a Year of finishing their sentences and who have significant support in Free Society.

I happen to be one of those prisoners who have very little time left on their sentence and I also have a Large Community of Supporters who are willing to aid me in my SUCCESSFUL TRANSITION BACK INTO FREE SOCIETY.
Lastly, I leave you with these thoughts to ponder and reflect upon. As Assistant Editor of the San Francisco Bay View-National Black Newspaper, I seek to amplify the voices of all Black and Oppressed human beings. I strive to provide context and texture to the Black Experience and as a Journalist I continue to achieve Black Excellence.
Our current Editor–Mary Ratcliff is 81 years old and her loving husband our Publisher Dr. Willie Ratcliff is 85 years old.

Both Mary and Willie represent one of the most vulnerable categories of people who could become infected with the deadly Corona Virus.

Good intentions will not help save the San Francisco Bay View. Right now we are in dire need of Financial Donations so that we can pay the Printer of our Newspaper as well as keep the lights on and pay the rent for Mary and Willie who are on a fixed income.

I AM PLEADING WITH ALL OF YOU WHO FOLLOW MY WORK AND WHO LOVE AND RESPECT THE LEGACY OF THIS ONE OF A KIND NATIONAL BLACK NEWSPAPER TO DONTATE GENEROUSLY!!!

Please take a moment to contact our dedicated Editor Mary Ratcliff directly at (415) 671-0789, e-mail her at: editor@sfbayview.com or you can send us a Donation directly via U.S. Mail:

San Francisco Bay View
National Black Newspaper
Attn: Mary Ratcliff—Editor
4917 Third St.
San Francisco. CA 94124

I thank you in advance for your generous donations. PLEASE HELP US SAVE THE BAY VIEW!!
Dare to Struggle, Dare to Win, All Power to the People!!

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