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Staff and inmates test positive as Covid-19 outbreaks confirmed at four Irish prisons

Prisons across Ireland, including those effected, remain open to visitors
Clodagh Meaney

The Irish Prison Service have confirmed that they are managing active outbreaks of Covid-19 at four Irish prisons.

A number of prisoners and staff at Mountjoy, Midlands and Portlaoise prisons have all tested positive for the virus.

Meanwhile in Wheatfield prison, no prisoners have tested positive, however there is a high rate of cases among staff.

Public Health are and Outbreak Control Team are set to conduct a third round of staff testing.

Physical visits to the prison have not been stopped amid the outbreak, and video visits also remain in operation.

In a statement, a spokesperson for the Irish Prison Service said they are working closely with Public Health and The HSE.

“At all points, Outbreak Control Teams (OCT) are guided by advice from local Public Health clinicians and meetings with Public Health are convened at regular intervals throughout the course of each outbreak.”

At Mountjoy, 22 prisoners from C & D Divisions in have tested positive for Covid-19.

Seven prisoners from C Division in Portlaoise Prison and at Midlands Prison, 1 prisoner from G Division have also have confirmed cases.

An Outbreak Control Team has been established at each prison, and the affected Divisions are operating on a restricted regime until mass testing of staff and prisoners is complete.

Both video and physical visits remain in operation for all three prisons, and at all other prisons across the state.

Prison management have implemented additional infection control measures to prevent further spreading the virus to the wider prison population.

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