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prison outbreak Two inmates test positive for Covid-19 in Portlaoise Prison

The Irish Prison Service said families of the infected prisoners have been informed.

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High-security Portlaoise Prison

High-security Portlaoise Prison

High-security Portlaoise Prison

The Irish Prison Service has today confirmed two prisoners have now tested positive for Covid-19 in Portlaoise Prison.

This follows that one inmate in the Progression Unit in Mountjoy Prison has also tested positive for Covid-19.

The prisoners were not recently committed to prison therefore it is accepted they contracted the virus within the prison.

The Irish Prison Service said families of the infected prisoners have been informed.

Outbreak Control Teams (OCT) have now been established in Portlaoise and Mountjoy to agree and oversee the appropriate actions to be taken to mitigate against further possible spread of the disease within those prisons.

The IPS is working closely with Public Health in the HSE with regard to the management of the current outbreaks including making arrangements for the mass testing of prisoners and staff in both locations.

Arrangements are being made for the mass testing of prisoners and staff in Portlaoise Prison on Sunday and Monday, and in Mountjoy on Wednesday and Thursday next week with a further test to be carried out 7 days later.

To help prevent the spread of infection a more restricted regime has been introduced in both prisons which may impact on access to video visits and phone calls in the short terms for prisoners in precautionary isolation however the IPS says it is working to ensure that we can continue to facilitate family contact as far as possible.

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