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As of today there are now 159 people with covid-19 at HMP Lowdham Grange

More than 150 people have tested positive for covid-19 in a prison as of today.

The 159 at HMP Lowdham Grange includes 44 staff and 115 prisoners, the majority of whom are asymptomatic.

Safety measures being taken include at the jail include a programme to test everyone at the prison, prisoners and staff for covid.

Lowdham Grange (42609935)
Lowdham Grange (42609935)

Prisoners are self-isolating in their cells and there is an enhanced cleaning regime.

Face protection has been issued to everyone, inmate and staff alike.

Serco, who operate the jail, is working with the NHS to provide support for all prisoners, talking to each and every one in their cells every day. The healthcare team is also calling the prisoners on their in-cell phones.

A number of in-cell enhancements have been introduced to help prisoners cope with having to stay in their cells.

Mark Hanson, Serco contract director at HMP Lowdham Grange, said: “Our priority is to look after everyone in the prison and we are taking every measure possible to keep them safe in this challenging situation.

“We are continuing to work closely with Public Health England, the NHS and the director of public health for Nottinghamshire and we are grateful for all the support that we are receiving.

“As well as the support for prisoners that we are providing with the NHS Healthcare team, we have now taken further short-term measures to limit all unnecessary movements and isolate prisoners in their cells. Anyone who tests positive is being given further personal care and support as appropriate.”

Transfers of prisoners in and out of the Category B jail have been put hold as have prison visits.

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