Penzone Suggests Using New Jail Facility To Care For Coronavirus Patients

Published: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 - 2:16pm
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Maricopa County Sheriff Paul Penzone suggests that a new jail facility in south Phoenix open up — not to inmates, but to coronavirus patients.

In a letter sent Friday — and reported on by the Arizona Mirror — Penzone argued the multimillion dollar facility was designed "in direct conflict with health recommendations by the CDC to suppress the outbreak of COVID-19."

But he suggested the state Department of Health Services could consider the space for the temporary care of patients as hospitals face an influx of coronavirus cases. 

Penzone told The Show more about his proposal.  

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