CDC team is at federal immigration facility in Farmville to address virus

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Posted at 12:21 PM, Aug 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-11 12:23:07-04

FARMVILLE, Va. (AP) — Governor Northam says that a team of federal scientists has arrived at an immigration detention center in Farmville to address the worst coronavirus outbreak at any such facility in the nation.

The Washington Post reported that the 10-person team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention arrived on Monday. One detainee died at the at the privately run facility last week.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said that nearly all of the 298 detainees are being monitored for infection.

Gov. Ralph Northam as well as both of Virginia’s U.S. senators had appealed to President Trump for help last month because the center is operated under a federal contract.