CORRECTIONAL, JUVENILE SERVICES EMPLOYEES CONCERNED OVER COVID-19

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees has released a statement, noting its concern for workers at state facilities in Western Maryland, including state prisons and juvenile services facilities. In the statement, they charge there is a lack of Personal Protective Equipment, a failure to enforce screening and social distancing, and plans for steps to take when inmates, children, patients and staff test positive for COVID-19. As of earlier in the week, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services reported 136 cases, and one inmate death across the state. Two officers in Hagerstown and one contract employee in Cumberland were included in those statistics.