With 69 inmates and 25 staff infected, coronavirus outbreak at Lompoc prison is worst in nation

California
The federal prison in Lompoc is seen in an undated photo from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

The federal prison in Lompoc is seen in an undated photo from the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

This is an archived article and the information in the article may be outdated. Please look at the time stamp on the story to see when it was last updated.

The nation’s worst outbreak of COVID-19 in a prison is at the federal penitentiary in Lompoc, where 69 inmates and 25 staff members are infected and a field hospital is being constructed on the grounds, authorities said.

While about 450 federal inmates nationwide have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, the Lompoc penitentiary’s level of infection has far outpaced any other facility, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.

Thirteen of the infected inmates have been hospitalized and two are now in intensive care, according to Santa Barbara County Public Health Officer Dr. Henning Ansorg. Of the 25 infected staffers, one is in the hospital, he said.

The medium-security facility houses about 1,500 inmates.

Read the full story on LATimes.com.

Copyright 2021 Nexstar Media Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Most Popular

Latest News

More News