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Mumia Abu-Jamal

“A Prisoner’s Voice From COVID-19.”

According to published reports, at least some 400 prisoners in Pennsylvania state prisons have been infected with the Coronavirus. Today we’ll hear from one. Sergio Hyland is in prison at the state prison in Chester. In early November 2020, he was put in Chester’s infirmary and soon tested positive for COVID-19.

He writes: “The virus was impacting my oxygen levels, causing them to drop. So I was placed on steroids. However, the steroids were having a negative interaction and they were making my blood sugar extremely high.” Hyland had another problem for he was already diabetic, nor did COVID-19 treat him well. He writes: “This virus is rough, I’ve had nights where I literally thought I would die. Sometimes I wished it would just happen, so the pain would end.”

According to Sergio Hyland, several prisoners had died at the Chester state prison from COVID-19 and—perhaps more shocking—Hyland claims some staff members don’t wear masks there. Sergio Hyland provides a prisoners voice in the time of COVID.

From imprisoned nation, this is Mumia Abu-Jamal.

These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.