San Quentin State Prison sergeant dies after battle with COVID-19 – KTLA Los Angeles

As the coronavirus spread through the prison system, California officials in March started approving early release to prisoners who are serving terms for nonviolent crimes and are nearing the end of their sentences.

San Quentin has actually had 2,231 prisoners and 261 staff members test positive for the infection– the biggest break out amongst California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitations prisons, which together have had 1,976 coronavirus cases amongst personnel and 8,768 among inmates.

Polanco is the ninth California state jail employee to die of COVID-19.

” Sergeant Gilbert Polanco is an example of the best of CDCR and his passing deeply distresses all of us. His dedication to civil service will not be forgotten,” stated CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz. “On behalf of a grateful department we extend our prayers of comfort and condolences to the Polanco household during these hard times.”

San Quentin had escaped a coronavirus break out up until prisoners from the California Institution for Men in Chino were moved there in late May, when cases began to skyrocket, the Associated Press reported.

Polanco was a San Jose native who had operated at San Quentin considering that 1988.

Twenty-four inmates have actually passed away of COVID-19 at San Quentin, accounting for nearly half of the COVID-19 prisoner deaths at California state jails.

So far, the state has decreased its inmate population by more than 12,000 individuals considering that the pandemic started in March, according to CDCR.

Polancos family stated they believe he contracted the deadly virus from the prison, KTLA sister station KRON4 in San Francisco reported.

sgt. Gilbert Polanco is seen in an undated picture released by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

Sgt. Gilbert Polanco passed away of COVID-19 problems weeks after being confessed to a health center where he was totally intubated and put in a clinically induced coma, according to a GoFundMe page established to raise money for his family.

His spouse and child both wound up testing favorable for the infection after his hospitalization, according to the fundraising page.

A sergeant at San Quentin State Jail passed away Sunday after a battle with COVID-19, marking the very first virus death of an employee at the center that has actually faced a big outbreak among both personnel and inmates.

In July, California announced another 8,000 people would be granted early release.

” Sgt. Gilbert Polanco showed unwavering dedication and bravery as a peace officer working the frontline every day during this devastating pandemic,” Acting San Quentin Warden Ron Broomfield said in a declaration. “His memory is carried on in the hearts of all the men and females who continue to battle this deadly virus at San Quentin.”

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