San Luis Obispo County Jail inmate dies from H1N1 flu
January 28, 2014
Correction: The inmate had been in the jail for three months.
A San Luis Obispo County Jail inmate died Monday of the H1N1 flu virus.
The SLO County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that 35-year-old Rudy Joseph Silva was transported to Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center last Thursday after being evaluated at the jail. Silva had been in the county jail for three months.
At the hospital, Silva was diagnosed with H1N1 and placed in the intensive care unit. Sheriff officials allowed Silva’s family to visit him at the hospital, sheriff’s spokesperson Tony Cipolla said.
Jail staff is taking steps to protect themselves and the inmates including testing arriving prisoners for the virus and offering all inmates flu shots, Cipolla said.