Coronavirus: Prisons/IRC’s Other Prescribed Places of Detention Guidance

1. any prisoner or detainee with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature should be placed in protective isolation for 7 days
2. if a member of staff or visitor becomes unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, they should go home
3. staff, prisoners and visitors should be reminded to wash their hands for 20 seconds more frequently and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues
4.frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, using your standard cleaning products
5. prisoners or detainees who have a new, continuous cough or a high temperature but are clinically well enough to remain in prescribed places of detention (PPDs) do not need to be transferred to hospital
6. confirmed cases of coronavirus (COVID-19) should be notified by prison or immigration removal centre (IRC) healthcare teams as soon as possible to local Public Health England (PHE) Health Protection Teams (HPT)
7. people who are severely unwell may be transferred to appropriate healthcare facilities with usual escorts and following advice on safe transfers
8. staff should wear specified personal protective equipment (PPE) for activities requiring sustained close contact with possible cases (see below for detail)
9. if facing multiple cases of those displaying symptoms, ‘cohorting’, or the gathering of potentially infected cases into a designated area, may be necessary
10. PPD leaders should be assessing their estate for suitable isolation and cohorting provision
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