Tuesday 29 September, 2020

Prisoner in Trinidad tests positive for COVID-19

The Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service has confirmed that a convicted prisoner housed at the Port of Spain Prison has tested positive for COVID-19.

A release from the Prison Service said that on Sunday, August 8, the prisoner, who has underlying medical complications, complained of experiencing symptoms consistent with the virus.

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He was escorted to the Port of Spain General Hospital where a test was conducted and later returned with a positive result. He is now warded at the Caura Hospital.

The release said his family has been informed by an assigned Welfare Officer.

The area where the prisoner was housed was immediately evacuated and sanitised. The prisoners who shared the same cell have been placed under quarantine and are being observed for symptoms.

Trinidad and Tobago's Acting Commissioner of Prisons, Dennis Pulchan has indicated that despite all the preventative measures implemented to maintain a safe and COVID-19-free environment, infection in the prison population is ‘inevitable’ with the rise of locally spread cases.

Commissioner Pulchan stated that his officers are under strict guidelines not to report for duty if they are experiencing any flu-like symptoms or were in any contact with persons testing positive or under quarantine.

They have been advised to seek medical attention at the health facility nearest to them.

Commissioner Pulchan also sought to assure friends and relatives of incarcerated persons that management of the situation is ongoing for containment and every effort is being made to keep their loved ones safe and secure.

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