A nurse instructed him it was “probably the flu,” and Mr. Heim was not seen by a health care provider or examined for the coronavirus till Dec. 4. When Mr. Heim, who has continual lung illness, was discovered to be contaminated and positioned in isolation, he instructed workers he couldn’t breathe.
“They said there was nothing they could do for me,” he stated in a declaration to the courtroom. “The first four days I was in isolation, I laid there thinking I was going to die.” He remained there for 20 days, throughout which he was seen solely 3 times by a doctor, he stated.
Isolation is vital to curbing the unfold of infections, however virtually a full yr after the pandemic began, the jail didn’t have applicable isolation quarters ready for girls who grew to become contaminated.
In December, when dozens of ladies examined optimistic, they have been housed in makeshift quarters within the prisons’ visiting rooms, in line with the accounts of seven feminine inmates offered by way of written courtroom declarations and telephone interviews.
The rooms had no beds, solely rudimentary restroom amenities, and no showers. (Temporary bathe models have been finally put in.) The ladies have been moved rapidly; many stated they didn’t have time to pack necessary objects like medicines, bronchial asthma inhalers and female hygiene merchandise. Several stated they have been with out their prescriptions for days.
On arrival, the contaminated ladies taken to the visiting room of the lads’s jail, a few of them visibly in poor health, have been instructed to assemble steel cots to sleep on. Mattresses weren’t obtainable at first, and bedding was scarce, in line with quite a few accounts. The room was chilly, particularly at evening.
“I was freezing, actually, and they didn’t want to give us extra blankets,” stated Stacy Spagnardi, 53, who was just lately granted house confinement. She is serving a sentence for tax evasion and insurance coverage fraud.