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CDC team is at federal immigration facility to address virus

FARMVILLE (AP) A team of federal scientists arrived Aug. 10 at an immigration detention center in Farmville to address the worst coronavirus outbreak at any such facility in the nation, according to Gov. Ralph Northam.

The 10-person team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention arrived  that day, The Washington Post reported.

On Aug. 11, Alexandria U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema ordered the government to halt all new transfers of undocumented immigrants to the facility, the paper reported.

One detainee died at the at the privately run facility Aug. 5. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said that nearly all of the 298 detainees were being monitored for infection.

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

“After pushing for months, I’m relieved to see this necessary — and long overdue — action,” Northam told the Post in a statement. “I will continue to advocate for the health and safety of all in our Commonwealth, regardless of immigration status.”

A federal lawsuit alleges that detainees were made to sleep in crowded conditions, even after some of them tested positive.

Updated Aug. 12 to note Brinkema order.

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