Two prisoners have died at hospitals of coronavirus-related complications, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation reported Saturday.
One prisoner was at the California Institution for Men in Chino. He was the 22nd inmate at the prison to die of coronavirus complications, the department said. The second prisoner was at Avenal State Prison in Avenal. He was the sixth inmate to die of complications from the virus at the facility, the department said.
The department did not provide more details about the deaths.
Meanwhile, all California State University, Long Beach students who live on campus have been placed in quarantine and all in-person instruction will be halted for two weeks because five students tested positive for COVID-19, the school's top official said Saturday.
University President Jane Close Conoley said in a statement that the school became aware late Friday of “a number of students who have not heeded our guidance related to COVID-19 precautions and congregated socially off campus earlier this month.”
Five of those students have now tested positive for the illness, she said. Four of them live in campus residence halls and the other lives off campus.
All on-campus residents will be tested and employees will be offered tests as needed.
The university is working with public health officials and will assist with contact tracing in the community, Conoley said. She also said facilities will be cleaned and disinfected.
Conoley said there will be an investigation of “student conduct issues."
Conoley did not say how many students are living on campus but noted that the university “vastly” reduced the number in residence halls for the fall semester as well as the number of classes offered on campus.