The Department of Correction and Rehabilitation (DCR) reported last night that four inmates of the Guerrero institution in Aguadilla tested positive for coronavirus.
As reported, these infections could have arisen since the inmates of a particular module were exposed to a correctional officer of the institution who tested positive.
For this reason, the protocol was activated and molecular tests were carried out on all members of the correctional population of the housing unit where said officer worked.
In written statements sent to EL VOCERO, at the moment, there are no suspected cases because tests were carried out on all possible cases and they yielded a negative result.
In total, 140 molecular tests were carried out, the rest of the 136 inmates being negative.
Similarly, it was indicated that the inmates are in good health and have not shown symptoms of the novel virus. Likewise, as a preventive measure, they were transferred to the Correctional Medical Center to be isolated from the rest of the correctional population.
“After seven months of continuous effort and rigor in the implementation of prevention measures against contagion in the system, these four cases are presented to us in one of the institutions. Keeping the inmates free of the virus has always been and will continue to be our goal and the goal of all the personnel who work in the DCR ”, explained the secretary of the DCR, Eduardo Rivera Juanatey.
Until yesterday, Correction had maintained a record of zero positive cases in its entire sentenced population.
For his part, the president of Physician Correctional and provider of health services for the prison population, Raúl Villalobos, affirmed that the four inmates, whose results were positive, underwent a second round of confirmatory tests, in compliance with the protocols.
The result of this new test is in the process of being received and would validate if the initial positive result is real or if there could be a “false positive”.
“The rapid implementation of the protocols, both from the Department of Correction and Rehabilitation and Physician Correctional, contained the exposure of other inmates, so at this time the spread among the population is contained,” said Villalobos.