Prison Radio
Peter “Pitt” Mukuria

Hey, this comrade Pitt, Peter Kamau Mukuria, 1197165, Red Onion State Prison, P.O. Box 1900, Pound, Virginia 24279.

So I have previously left the commentary on COVID-19 here at Red Onion Prison, but given the rapid spread of this virus, things can easily change in an instant.

For a while, this facility was untouched. However, August 13 and 14, COVID-19 tests were conducted for everyone, prisoners and staff. And the outcome of that was 20 prisoners tested positive and seven staff member. We’re safe to assume that the staff who tested positive have been given days off as they quarantine and the prisoners who tested positive were quarantined. Only a few of them showed symptoms; the rest were asymptomatic.

Beyond Red Onion Prison, cases of confirmed COVID-19 in this region have been skyrocketing this past couple of weeks, so it didn’t come as a surprise that COVID-19 finally made its way to Red Onion. But, uh, so far there isn’t a major outbreak that I’m aware of, but that’s the current update that I have right now, and that’s my commentary for now. I will update as things go on.

(Sound of a cell door closing.) These commentaries are recorded by Noelle Hanrahan of Prison Radio.