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This guidance will assist healthcare staff and custodial/detention staff in addressing coronavirus (COVID-19) in prescribed places of detention (PPDs).
Main messages are:
any prisoner or detainee with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature should be placed in protective isolation for 7 days
if a member of staff becomes unwell on site with a new, continuous cough or a high temperature, they should go home
staff and prisoners should be reminded to wash their hands for 20 seconds more frequently and catch coughs and sneezes in tissues
frequently clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, using your standard cleaning products
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.
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 Health Protection Teams
people who are severely unwell may be transferred to appropriate healthcare facilities with usual escorts and following advice on safe transfers
staff should wear specified personal protective equipment (PPE) for activities requiring sustained close contact with possible cases (see below for detail)
if facing multiple cases of those displaying symptoms, ‘cohorting’, or the gathering of potentially infected cases into a designated area, may be necessary
PPD leaders should be assessing their estate for suitable isolation and cohorting provision