Latest Numbers at the Bexar County Jail
KSAT 12 has updated their running tally of numbers coming out of the Bexar County Jail. The jail is now up to 27 deputies positive for the coronavirus. There are also 29 inmates who are positive, plus one nurse, one dispatcher, one maintenance man and one video visitation employee. That is a total of 60 people at the jail who have tested positive for COVID-19, to date. While it’s true that some other Texas jails have higher numbers, a large portion of the infections in the Bexar County Jail appear to have been preventable if the Salazar administration had taken proper safety measures in a timely manner.
We are getting complaints from readers that indicate the jail is still having problems feeding the inmates. We understand that a lot of the work is done by inmate workers and they probably had to stop that for safety reasons but you would have thought someone would have come up with a contingency plan by now. The inmates are at the mercy of people who are unbelievably incompetent. It’s not like they can order a pizza or run through a drive-thru. These people are dependent upon functioning jail processes and Salazar is falling flat on his face in meeting his responsibilities. While he bumbles around the inmates are going hungry, are being denied daily new masks to protect themselves, and are in fear for their lives. Jail is supposed to be confinement. It’s not supposed to be torture or deadly. Our constitution specifically prohibits cruel and unusual punishment.
Update on Hydroxychloroquine
We previously published a post about a malaria drug that Donald Trump was pushing as a cure and preventative for COVID-19. In our post we said that the drug had not been approved to treat the coronavirus and that it was unknown as to whether it would help or not. Since then a study has shown that not only are there no benefits from the drug, hydroxychloroquine, but there were more deaths in the group that was taking the drug than there were in the group that was being treated under current guidelines. Again, more people died taking the drug. This is why it was so dangerous for Trump to be spouting that nonsense when he had no idea what he was talking about.
Highest Contagious Period
Every day we are learning more about COVID-19. TheBullwark.com published an article that has some concerning information in it.
“As if the problem of asymptomatic patients wasn’t problematic enough, consider fresh data suggesting that among COVID-19 patients who do show symptoms, the most contagious time is likely one to two days prior to symptom onset. Which, if true, would mean that stopping the spread through measures such as temperature checks would be difficult.”
So not only do we have to worry about people who don’t show symptoms at all (asymptomatic), but even for those who do show symptoms it seems that they are most contagious the two days before those symptoms start showing. In other words, taking a person’s temperature before they enter a building, like what is being done at the jail, is not a bad thing but it isn’t stopping all infected and contagious people from entering. Not by a long shot.