Southwest Georgia ICE Detention Center Records 1,006 COVID Cases

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The Stewart Detention Center operated by  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in southwest Georgia has become the only immigration detention center east of Arizona to have surpassed the 1,000-case threshold, reports the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. The facility has tallied 1,006 confirmed cases of the disease caused by the coronavirus over the course of the pandemic. As of September 23, the facility had 26 cases “currently under isolation or monitoring.” With four of its immigrant detainees having died of COVID-19, Stewart remains the leader nationwide in coronavirus-related fatalities. Stewart Detention Center “is not a safe facility for anyone … especially those most vulnerable to serious illness and deaths from the virus,” said Amilcar Valencia, who leads El Refugio, a nonprofit that supports immigrant detainees at Stewart, in a statement.

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