THE Department of Justice and Community Services is establishing quarantine units for prisoners at Fulham Correctional Centre as part of its COVID-19 response.
A department spokesperson said the units were being established at Fulham and seven other Victorian correctional centres as a “protective measure” to ensure the safe movement of prisoners between custodial locations.
The units will supplement the existing quarantine and isolation arrangement of standard admission procedures for new prisoners.
In addition to Fulham, the transfer quarantine units have been established at Barwon Prison, Marngoneet Correctional Centre, Loddon Prison, Hopkins Correctional Centre, Ravenhall Correctional Centre, Langi Kal Kal Prison and the Dame Phyllis Frost Centre.
“Prisoners will be placed into transfer quarantine and tested, regardless of their COVID-19 risk, and must return a negative result before being moved into the general population,” the spokesperson said.
The move is among initiatives implemented by Corrections Victoria in response to coronavirus, including screening questions, temperature testing for visitors and staff and quarantine measures.
Staff, visitors and contractors are required to wear face masks at all times while on site, and staff are issued with personal protective equipment to safely manage any suspected and confirmed cases.
Confirmed cases of prisoners with coronavirus are not moved to other locations unless required to address specific health needs or other exceptional circumstances.