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Inmate in the Imperial County Jail tests positive for COVID-19

News 11's Gianella Ghiglino look at how deputies prepared for this possibility

EL CENTRO, Calif.(KYMA,KECY) - The Imperial County Sheriff's Office (ICSO) confirms an inmate at the county jail has tested positive for coronavirus, but deputies say they are prepared.

"A COVID outbreak in here would be a disaster, but we are prepared for the worst," Sergeant Aaron Arreola told News 11's Gianella Ghiglino.

Arreola says ICSO is doing everything it can to mitigate the spread of the virus to other inmates and to staff. Deputies do have access to PPE. Infected inmates are isolated at the first sign of symptoms.

Still, coronavirus remains a huge problem in jails and prisons in California, and all across the country. In California alone, some 83 prisoners have died from the virus since the start of the pandemic.

ICSO says it wants to make sure that doesn't happen to anyone here. Monday on News 11's Evening Edition, Gianella Ghiglino takes a closer look at ICSO's proactive approach to protecting staff and prisoners.

Imperial County Coronavirus / Top Stories

Gianella Ghiglino

Peruvian-born and LA raised Gianella Ghiglino joins the team from the San Fernando valley. “LA is the place that taught me how to breath and Peru is my breath.” She says she was inspired by the community she grew up in and began documenting her experience through poetry at the age of 7. “I wrote about everything I saw, felt and everything that inspired me.” When she entered High School she joined her school news station and realized that broadcast journalism allowed her to pursue her passion and her purpose all at once. Gianella attended Cal State Northridge and received a Bachelors degree in Broadcast Journalism and a minor in Spanish Broadcast Journalism, and Political Science. She did several internships while in College but most notably interned for PBS’s local LA station for three years. “My purpose is to share my story and of those in my community, my passion is writing.”

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