Throughout 2020, jails and prisons were a flashpoint for concerns over COVID-19. This presentation will describe the steps taken to address the COVID-19 pandemic during the first wave in the Connecticut combined jail-prison system. It will also cover the presenter's research findings on facility- and individual-factors leading to poor outcomes, and the challenges and solutions medical leaders faced in policy, implementation, and data analysis.
- Identify the challenges of setting up a COVID unit in integrated jail/prison setting
- Describe the infrastructure need for tracking and analyzing COVID data
- Summarize the most important risk factors for SARS-CoV-2 infection and death
Amy Houde LCSW, Connecticut Department of Corrections
Robert Richeson MD, Connecticut Department of Corrections