(CMR) After media inquiries from Cayman Marl Road, His Majesty's Cayman Islands Prison Service confirmed that there are two active cases of chicken pox at the prison in Northward. Earlier in the afternoon, information was received that inmates had been placed in their cells in a bit of a “lockdown” to contain any further spread of the highly contagious virus.
CMR sources further revealed that in addition to the two men who are positive at that main prison location, two Cuban women are also now in isolation at Fairbanks in George Town despite not showing any symptoms. The precautionary measure was taken because they traveled on the same boat with the men.
Home Affairs issued a brief statement:
“We are being carefully guided by the Chief Medical Officer and the Public Health Department to effectively manage this through appropriate isolation, treatment, prevention and access to immunizations for prisoners and staff at His Majesty’s Cayman Islands Prison Services,”
Mr. Julian Lewis, Acting Chief Officer for the Ministry of Home Affairs
This is not the first time there has been an outbreak among migrants. In June of last year, nine Cubans tested positive at the Customs and Border Control Detention Centre (CBCDC). Public Health was monitoring the situation at that time and provided treatment as well as carried out sanitation of the facility.
CMR understands several Cubans are in the prison facility.