Irish Prison Service Statement
Prisoners Tests Positive for Covid-19 in Loughan House Open Centre
05 January 2021
The Irish Prison Service can confirm that five (5) prisoners have tested positive for Covid-19 in Loughan House Open Centre. Four of the five prisoners who tested positive were on Temporary Release and were tested and quarantined on their return to Loughan House. There is no reported positive cases among staff to date. The Irish Prison Service is working closely with Public Health and the HSE and contact tracing is ongoing.
As a precaution and in line with our National Infection Control Polices, the Irish Prison Service, in conjunction with the HSE, have commenced testing of all prisoners and all staff. An Outbreak Control Team (OCT) has been established to agree and oversee the appropriate actions to be taken to mitigate against further possible spread of the disease within the prison.
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Loughan House Open Centre,
An open, low security prison for males aged 18 years and over who are regarded as requiring lower levels of security.