My name is Bilal Abdul-Salam Bey. I am an inmate at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility here in Hutchinson, Kansas.
Commentary is about the COVID-19. About four days ago, I started feeling sick. I woke up and I was sneezing. And then it progressed from sneezing to sneezing and coughing. And the third day it went from sneezing, coughing, to sneezing, coughing, a headache, puffy eyes, and a swollen throat.
And on the fourth day, right after I had went to breakfast, I came back to my cell and I threw up twice. And I happened to [inaudible] in the cell house. And the cell-house porter cleaning up the cell house. And I had came out for work and I started feeling dizzy. So I asked the guard to call the nurse for me. And the nurse came [inaudible].
She did my-she did my temperature, which at the time was only 98.5. She did a oxygen check on me and my oxygen levels were good and everything. And she did blood pressure and the blood pressure was good. However, being that I had the symptoms she gave-she got permission to do what they call a rapid COVID testing, which gives results in like 15 minutes.
And she gave me the COVID testing. And I tested positive. So after testing positive, I had put in a sit call and requested to be- they had me in my cell, in my cell house, quarantined in my cell. But I requested to be moved to the clinic and as it stands now, I am now in a isolation cell in the infirmary. Until I-until I have no longer symptoms. After 10 days, if I do continue to show symptoms, then I will have to stay in the clinic for the full 14 days. Until-then I will be able to go back to population.
Once again, this is Bilal Abdul-Salam Bey, known as Johnny Hughes. Number 96576. Hutchinson Correctional Facility, P.O. Box 1568. Hutchinson, Kansas 67504. Thank you for your time, effort, and energy.
(Sound of a cell door closing.) These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.