Wyatt Detention Facility reports 60 total positive COVID-19 cases

Wyatt Detention Center
Wyatt Detention Center, File. (WLNE-TV)

CENTRAL FALLS, R.I. (WLNE)- After the most recent round of testing, the Wyatt Detention Facility reported eight of their employees and 52 of their detainees have tested positive for COVID-19.

The facility says they will continue to work closely with the Rhode Island Department of Health to institute new measures to contain and prevent the spread of the virus.

These measures, approved by RIDOH, include:

  • Conducting another round of saturation testing of detainees and staff.
  • Performing contact tracing with RIDOH’s assistance.
  • Assigning positive detainees to dedicated COVID-19 cohort units.
  • Assigning negative detainees to fully sanitized negative cohort units.
  • Requiring any positive staff to continue to quarantine at home
  • Continuing to ensure that all detainees and staff have sufficient and appropriate Personal Protection Equipment and cleaning supplies.
  • Consulting with RIDOH’s Congregate Settings Support Team on additional measures and best practices to mitigate community spread.

“Given that the Wyatt Detention Facility is a congregate setting, much like nursing homes and hospitals, and that the coronavirus spreads easily as a respiratory-based illness, we and RIDOH anticipated we would have additional cases and are fully prepared to respond to this increase in cases among our population” said spokesperson Chris Hunter in a statement.

Read the full report here: October19WyattStatusReport

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Categories: Coronavirus, Regional News, Rhode Island