2 EBR inmates test positive for COVID-19; wing of prison quarantined

2 inmates from EBR Parish Prison are hospitalized with COVID-19

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Authorities with the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office say two inmates at the parish prison have tested positive for COVID-19.

“Currently, we have two parish inmates that have tested positive for COVID-19. The first was transported to the hospital on Saturday [March 28] after a suspected drug overdose so he was not exhibiting symptoms of the virus. He tested positive at hospital,” Casey Hicks, a sheriff’s office spokesperson, said.

Hicks says the second inmate was transported to the emergency room on Sunday, March 29 for an issue with prior underlying health problems. Prison officials were notified late Monday, March 30 that he also tested positive.

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Officials say they immediately started putting CDC quarantine procedures into place for the line the first COVID-19 positive inmate was housed in and the adjoining one. Ninety-four inmates are currently quarantined out of an abundance of caution, prison officials say. All food and commissary items are brought to the inmates; they also have access to phones and are being given additional free phone calls, officials say.

94 inmates at EBR prison quarantined after inmate tests positive for COVID-19

Quarantined inmates are being given daily recreational time within their quarantined area and are practicing social distancing, officials say. Medical staff members are taking the inmates’ temperatures twice daily, officials report.

EBRSO says at this time, no other inmates have a fever or are presenting symptoms of the virus.

Prison officials say the entire prison is following CDC guidelines for sanitation and all inmates are being given additional cleaning supplies. Furthermore, all medical and prescription fees have been waived at this time, officials report.

Hicks says no working staff at the parish prison has tested positive for coronavirus.

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