Two Bureau of Prisons staff members test positive for COVID-19

No cases of virus reported to date among inmates

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March 18, 2020 - 11:06pm

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Two Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) staff members have tested presumptive positive for COVID-19, Just the News has learned.
 
As of now, no cases of the virus have been reported among inmates within the system, according to Justin Long of the bureau's public affairs office.
 
"The BOP implemented its approved Pandemic Influenza contingency plan," said Long in an email response to queries from Just the News. "As a result, all cleaning, sanitation, and medical supplies have been inventoried at every one of its 122 BOP facilities, and an ample amount of supply is on hand and ready to be distributed or moved to any facility as deemed necessary. The BOP is prepared to address any supply concerns if necessary."
 
"All inmates," Long added, "have access to medical care and appointments, and medical staff continue to conduct normal rounds."
  
More information about the BOP's COVID-19 action plan is available at the bureau's coronavirus resource page.

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