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Disaster Management Response Strategy in Prisons Activated

April 16, 2020

Department of Correctional Services

The Disaster Management Response Strategy of the correctional services department has been activated.

The department announced this in a statement on the activation of the containment and treatment pillar as the number of infected people in correctional services increases.

According to the department, the number of inmates testing positive for COVID-19 at the East London Correctional facility has increased by 49 cases.

The department currently sits at a combined total of 78 cases.

The response is focused on the “rapid identification of laboratory-confirmed cases, the isolation of those who test positive and management of the pandemic within our centres”.

The department added that health care teams, armed with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs), including goggles, gloves, masks and gowns, are on site rendering care services to distress cases and monitoring those likely to develop acute respiratory challenges.

The department also has a list of hospitals and health care centres to which inmates could be transferred if necessary.

The East London Correctional Centre is being disinfected to prevent contamination of surfaces and inanimate objects.

The department is also looking at officials attending gatherings and their movements from homes to places of work and screening.

Mobile quarantine sites have also been procured to assist with isolation cases.