Washington (CNN)A lack of facial coverings and social distancing may have contributed to repeated Covid-19 transmissions at an ICE facility in Illinois, according to a newly released watchdog report that uncovered several health and safety related violations at the detention facility.
During an unannounced inspection of Pulaski County Jail, which houses ICE detainees, the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General found violations of ICE detention standards that “threatened the health, safety and rights of detainees.”
For instance, the watchdog frequently observed detainees gathered in groups and not wearing masks or practicing social distancing, which is shown in surveillance images released in the report. Between February 2020 and February 2021, the facility had 111 cases of Covid-19.
“In addressing COVID-19, Pulaski did not consistently enforce precautions including use of facial coverings and social distancing, which may have contributed to repeated COVID-19 transmissions at the facility,” the report concluded.
The inspectors also observed improper welfa
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