A prison guard passed away this week and suspicions were that his death may have been Covid-19 related. Those suspicions were put to rest, however, after the Ladyville resident was tested twice with the second negative result coming out yesterday. Despite multiple measures taken at the Belize Central Prison it seemed inevitable that the virus would find its way within those walls. To date there have been fourteen positive Covid-19 tests coming out of the prison staff and population. According to Kolbe Foundation CEO, Virgilio Murillo, two inmates are experiencing mild symptoms and all those who tested positive are currently isolated.
Virgilio Murillo, CEO, Kolbe Foundation: “Over the last couple of days they have carried out a total of a hundred and fifty two rapid tests with a hundred and eleven of those being done on inmates and the other forty one being done on prison staff and of those hundred and fifty two rapid tests that they have conducted eight inmates thus far have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. They also did some PCR tests. The total PCR test that they have done so far is a hundred and five. Now remember they did thirty on the thirtieth and then they did twenty one as a consequence of what they discovered on the thirtieth on the fifth of October and the total results from if you would put those two numbers it gives you fifty one PCR tests, the total positive results for those is six over all. They still have fifty four PCR tests which they have conducted but we have not received the results for those as of this point.”
Love News understands that the prison staff who are tasked to take food to the infected prisoners are all mandated to wear Personal Protective gears.