Rapid Response Network of Kern County holds press conference over COVID outbreak at Mesa Verde ICE Facility

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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) –– An immigrant rights advocacy group called the Rapid Response Network of Kern held a press conference in front of the facility on Wednesday.

The Mesa Verde Detention Facility is getting more attention for its mishandling of a COVID-19 outbreak.

In early August, a federal judge said ICE had purposefully avoided testing staff and people detained in the Mesa Verde facility.

He ordered authorities to test all those in the facility. In the end — more than half tested positive. The Rapid Response Network of Kern sent a letter on Monday to the Kern County Public Heath Services Department. The letter questions the oversight of these facilities and demands better management.

The group asks for a response to their letter by next Monday.

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