Virginia governor and two senators urged Thursday al presidente Donald Trump to respond to the outbreak more serious coronavirus that has been registered inside a migrant detention center, situation that they described as “dire”.
The immigration and customs authority ICE said 262 immigrants are being watched undocumented at the Farmville Detention Center, which is private, since they tested positive for COVID-19reported The Washington Post newspaper on Wednesday.
Advocates for immigrants have said that the center is a “powder keg” of infections and Governor Ralph Northam, in addition to Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner, all Democrats, have asked Trump to send officials from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to help contain the outbreak.
The outbreak represents “an obvious risk to individuals within the facility, but also to the general population as released personnel and detainees interact with the public,” Kaine and Warner wrote in a statement.
A lawsuit filed by advocacy groups immigrants attributes the outbreak to dormitories crowded and the paucity of tests.
The facility is managed by la empresa Immigration Centers of America based in Richmond.
Northam spokeswoman Alena Yarmosky told the Post that the CDC is willing to intervene. Agency officials did not respond to requests for comment from the newspaper.
According to the Virginia Department of Health, seven detainees suffering from the virus were hospitalized, and all but one returned to the center.
Immigration Centers of America referred questions from the Post to ICE. The federal agency said most of those who tested positive were asymptomatic and received “adequate medical care.”
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