A convicted prisoner, housed at the Port-of-Spain State Prison, has tested positive for COVID-19. This was confirmed by the T&T Prison Service via a media release yesterday.. On Sunday, the prisoner who has underlying medical complications, complained of experiencing symptoms consistent with the virus, and was taken to the Port-of-Spain General Hospital where a test was conducted and later returned with a positive result. The prisoner has since been sent into state quarantine at the Caura medical facility. His family has been contacted and informed by an assigned welfare officer. The Prisons Service has assured that the area where the prisoner was housed was immediately evacuated and sanitised.

Also, the the prisoners who shared the same cel,l have since been placed under quarantine and are being observed for symptoms. Acting Prisons Commissioner Dennis Pulchan said despite all the preventative measures implemented to maintain a safe and COVID-19 free environment, “it is inevitable with the emergence of community cases.”

He said his officers, who have performed remarkably throughout the pandemic, are under strict guidelines not to report for duty if they are experiencing any flu-like symptoms or were in any contact with persons testing positive or under quarantine.” They have been advised to seek medical attention at the health facility nearest to them,” Pulchan said. He is also assuring friends and relatives of incarcerated persons that “management of the situation is ongoing for containment and every effort is being made to keep their loved ones safe and secure.” “The immediate and stringent measures undertaken by the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service from the onset of the pandemic, saw it’s effective prevention of spread of the virus within the nation’s prisons and it will continue to maintain these measures in an effort to reduce the spread,” Pulchan said.

On Saturday, an employee of the Prison Service was one of the four people that tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.This led to an immediate evacuation and closure of the Prisons Administration Building, at Phillip Street, in Port-of-Spain.Contact tracing also commenced. As to the case of the prisoner, prison sources confirmed that contact tracing has also commenced.