The California State Prison at San Quentin now has more than 500 COVID-19 cases and its first possible COVID-related death.
The total hit 515 as of Thursday night June 25th 2020, the most of any of the state’s prisons.
Almost all of them were recorded in the last two weeks. More than 70 of the infected are prison staff members and 166 are death row inmates.
One of those inmates was found dead in his cell Wednesday night June 24th 2020.
He was 71-year-old Richard Stitely, who was given the death penalty in 1992 for a rape and murder conviction.
The Marin County coroner is investigating the cause of death and whether Stitely had COVID-19.
FILE – In this July 24, 2019, file photo, is the main entryway leading into San Quentin State Prison in San Quentin, Calif. Gov. Gavin Newsom is proposing to significantly shrink the footprint of California’s juvenile and adult prison system, partly because of massive budget cuts prompted by the pandemic but also as a philosophy. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg, File)