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Los Angeles County sheriff says inmates tried to infect themselves

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Posted at 1:47 PM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 17:02:03-04

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Los Angeles County sheriff says inmates at a jail tried to infect themselves with the coronavirus by sharing a cup of water and a mask.

Sheriff Alex Villanueva showed surveillance videos from two units at the North County Correctional Facility in Castaic. The footage captured inmates in one unit sharing a cup of water and others in a second unit sharing a mask.

He said 21 inmates in the units were later diagnosed with COVID-19.

Villanueva said the inmates mistakenly believed that if they were infected they would be freed.