Number Of Positive Cases Confirmed Among Staff At Midlands Prison

It's after mass testing at the facility over the weekend.

No further cases of covid-19 have been detected among inmates at the Midlands prison. 

However The Irish Prison Service has confirmed a number of cases have been detected after the testing of staff. 

In total 810 prisoners underwent testing after five positive infections were confirmed on Friday. 

Director General of the Irish Prison Service Caron McCaffrey says that Midlands Prison staff expertly implemented their plan for containing the spread of infection and should be commended. 

The Director General of the Irish Prison Service Caron McCaffrey today visited the Midlands Prison to meet with the Midlands Prison management and staff and National Infection Control Team, she said:

“The key aim of our response to Covid-19 has been, in the first instance, to keep Covid-19 out of our prisons but secondly and equally important to ensure that if an outbreak occurs that we have robust procedures and plans in place to prevent the spread of the virus amongst the prison population. For the past 9 months we have been preparing for a possible outbreak of infection and since Friday Midlands Prison staff have expertly implemented this plan and protected the people in their care”.

“I would like to acknowledge the efforts of Midlands Prison management including all Healthcare, prison staff, and our National Infection Control Team, the staff representatives and all our service providers for their tireless efforts on behalf of the Service. Unfortunately a number of staff have tested positive and we send them our best wishes and hope that they recover fully and quickly”.

 

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