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In this file photo,  men work in the laundry room at the Mesa Verde ICE Processing Facility.

Coronavirus has begun to spread among detainees held at Mesa Verde ICE Processing Center in Bakersfield.

On Wednesday, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement reported nine detainees had tested positive for COVID-19. The federal government said in court filings two dorms had been exposed to the virus, with around 60 individuals housed in those dorms being isolated from the rest of the detention center as a precaution.

You can reach Sam Morgen at 661-395-7415. You may also follow him on Twitter @smorgenTBC.