State Prison System Sees First Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

jail cellOfficials have confirmed that three individuals — one inmate and two non-correctional contract employees — from two different Maryland state prison facilities have tested posted for COVID-19.

The Baltimore Sun reports:

“The Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services has COVID-19 Response Teams working to determine whether any other staff or inmates may have had contact with the three individuals who tested positive,” the system said in a statement.

The statement said DPSCS has been deep-cleaning its facilities — including the ones affected — for days and has identified locations and spaces within its facilities for isolation and quarantine.

And in related news, another article from The Sun reports that a coronavirus outbreak has occurred at the state’s maximum-security psychiatric hospital, Clifton T. Perkins:

“We do have an outbreak at Perkins that involves both health care workers and patients,” Lisa DeHernandez, spokeswoman for the Howard County Health Department, wrote in an email.

“We are in the early stages of investigation, so the numbers of positive cases are very fluid,” DeHernandez wrote. “Thus, I don’t have an exact number at this time.”

For more information:

Maryland prison system confirms first coronavirus cases (The Baltimore Sun)

Coronavirus outbreak reported at Maryland psychiatric hospital, officials say (The Baltimore Sun)