A number of prisoners have tested positive for Covid-19 at the Midlands Prison, the Irish Prison Service confirmed this afternoon. While there have been other cases of infection in prisoners, this is the first outbreak of the virus in a prison, a spokesperson for the IPS said. He added that there are no concerns about an outbreak at Castlerea Prison.
“The Irish Prison Service can confirm a small number (5) of prisoners have tested positive for Covid-19 in the Midlands Prison. The prisoners have been isolated in line with infection control procedures,” the statement said.
The Irish Prison Service said it is working closely with Public Health and the HSE testing team in the area and contact tracing is ongoing.
“The positive cases relate to one area of the prison and all prisoners accommodated in this area and staff who are assigned to this area have been tested. All other prisoners and staff in the Midlands Prison are being tested as a precaution,” the statement said.
An Outbreak Control Team meeting has taken place to review the cases and agree the appropriate actions to be taken to mitigate against further possible spread of the disease within the prison.