MARIN COUNTY (BCN) — Some inmate services have been restored at San Quentin State Prison where 73 inmates are under observation for Legionnaires’ disease, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation said Monday afternoon.
The restored services include out-of-cell time for inmates whose movements had been limited since Thursday, and law library visits and dental appointments, CDCR spokesperson Dana Simas said.
As of Monday, there are six confirmed cases of Legionnaires’ disease, a severe form of pneumonia carried by a bacterium carried through aerosolized water such as steam, mist and moisture.
Five inmates are being treated in outside hospitals for pneumonia-like symptoms but have not been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease, Simas said.
The 73 inmates under observation for respiratory illness also have not been diagnosed with Legionnaires’ disease and are being treated in the prison’s medical unit.
Inmates are still receiving boxed meals and taking showers in portable units to avoid exposure to steam or mist that could contain bacteria.
Bottled water and water tanks will still be used for consumption until it is safe to return to normal water sources, Simas said.
New inmates are not being accepted at San Quentin and inmate visitation and volunteer programs have been cancelled while the source of the bacteria is investigated, Simas said.
The first confirmed case of Legionnaires’ disease was Wednesday.