The Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service says 68 additional prisoners housed at the Maximum Security Prison have tested positive for COVID-19.
Following the return of 18 cases on November 6th, arrangements were made with the Ministry of Health to have all contacts, as well as persons in the surrounding housing areas tested. This amounted to 222 inmates as well as some members of staff.
The Prison Service says parallel to the testing, logistics were being considered and drafted with an anticipation of at least one quarter of the sample size returning positive results.
Several matters placed on the board included provisional housing areas, prisoner risk assessment, transport/ transfers and staff management.
Commissioner of Prsions (Ag.), Mr. Dennis Pulchan has stated that the situation is an unsettling one, but all avenues are being explored, with a view to protect the rest of the population. Another factor of grave concern is the safety and well-being of staff members, who are also affected.
The Prison Service adds that persons identified as ‘Next of Kin’ of the affected persons will be contacted by Welfare Officers and advised accordingly. All affected persons will continue to be monitored and observed as all safety precautions continue to be in full effect.