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AP analysis: Federal executions likely a COVID superspreader

Virus Outbreak Federal Executions
Posted at 5:56 PM, Feb 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-05 17:56:16-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — The executions at the end of Donald Trump's presidency, completed in short windows over a few weeks, likely acted as a superspreader event. That's according to records reviewed by The Associated Press.

It was something health experts had warned could happen when the Justice Department insisted on resuming executions during a pandemic.

By the end of 2020, 70% of death row inmates were sick with COVID-19. Guards were ill. Traveling prisons staff on the execution team had the virus.

So did media witnesses, who may have unknowingly infected others when they returned home because they were never told about the spreading cases.