Covid-19 in Wheatfield Prison Update - December 30th, 2020

Irish Prison Service Statement

Covid-19 in Wheatfield Prison – Update

04th January 2021- Time – 17:10 pm

Following the confirmation last week of positive cases among staff in Wheatfield Prison, the Irish Prison Service can confirm that following the completion of the mass testing of all staff and prisoners in Wheatfield Prison, there have been additional positive Covid-19 staff cases detected.

The Irish Prison Service can also confirm that 5 prisoners have also tested positive for Covid-19.

The Irish Prison Service and Wheatfield Prison management have implemented a comprehensive contingency plan to prevent the spread of Covid-19 to the wider prison population.

The Irish Prison Service is continuing to work closely with HSE/Public Health and arrangements are being made with the HSE for the re-testing of all prisoners and staff, later this week, in order to provide an assured response to the current outbreak in Wheatfield Prison.  This will support a return to a more normal prison regime as soon as possible.

The Irish Prison Service continues to work closely with Public Health, HSE and contact tracing is still ongoing.