At least 56 inmates tested positive for the coronavirus last week at a privately run federal jail in downtown San Diego that houses mostly pretrial inmates, according to defense attorneys briefed on the matter.
The GEO Group, which contracts with the U.S. Marshals Service to operate the Western Region Detention Facility, is in the process of testing all inmates there “whether or not they are showing any symptoms,” according to Kathy Nester, executive director of Federal Defenders of San Diego.
“Today we received confirmation of a large number of positive tests arising from that ongoing testing,” Nester wrote in an email Friday.
She said 286 inmates were tested Thursday, and of those, 56 tests came back positive, 114 were negative and 116 were pending.
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