Oluwadamilol Olaniyan, a shop steward with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) and correctional officer at Jessup Correctional Institution, implored Hogan to provide guards and other state workers with face masks and other tools to ensure their safety. “If we on the front lines are not being protected the way we should be protected we are bringing this virus to our families,” Olaniyan said during a call set up by union leaders. Olaniyan is in self-quarantine after becoming exposed to another guard who tested positive last week. “We are not afraid of doing this job,” he said. “We are afraid that we don’t have the proper equipment” to do the job.
Excerpted from a report by Ann E. Marimow and Ovetta Wiggins in The Washington Post: Civil rights advocates press Md. Gov. Larry Hogan to release elderly, at-risk prisoners to slow spread of coronavirus