Eleven inmates transferred from the Seoul Eastern Detention Center to Yeongwol Prison have been confirmed as a result of the novel coronavirus infection (Corona 19).
Yeongwol Prison, 350 full-scale examinations by 4 medical staff
Prison’s “Situation in Need of Medical Support in Yeongwol-gun”
According to the Gangwon-do health authorities on the 12th, 11 additional people were tested positive for inmates transferred from the Seoul Eastern Detention Center. Accordingly, the number of confirmed patients at Yeongwol Prison at Dongbu Detention Center increased to 19. Earlier, on the 3rd, 217 inmates from Dongbu Detention Center were transferred to Yeongwol Prison. On the last 5 days, one person in their 50s was confirmed as Corona 19 in a full test conducted afterwards. On the 6th, the next day, 7 more people were trained. By age, there are 4 people in their 50s, 1 in their 40s, 2 in their 30s, and 1 in their 20s.
Currently, the management of confirmed cases and the corona 19 test are in charge of medical staff at Yeongwol prison. The medical staff residing in the prison are all having one doctor and three nurses, and it is difficult to manage the confirmed cases. Accordingly, the Yeongwol prison has requested medical assistance from Yeongwol-gun.
An official at Yeongwol Prison said, “There is a lot of difficulty because we are conducting COVID-19 tests on 350 people, including prisoners and employees of the Dongbu Detention Center, with only medical personnel in the prison,” he said. “There is an urgent need for medical personnel support.”
The Yeongwol prison side also suffered difficulties because it was unable to transfer the inmates who had been confirmed earlier this month to hospitals and life treatment centers. At that time, I inquired about transfers to several hospitals and life treatment centers in Gangwon Province, but I was told that I could not receive patients. Accordingly, eight confirmed inmates were recently transferred to the life treatment center in the Dongbu detention center. Currently, 11 confirmed patients are living in quarantine buildings, and most of the remaining inmates are said to be using one room per person, including solitary cells.
In addition, 14 of the inmates relocated to the Dongbu Detention Center have been confirmed as corona19 at the Gangwon North Prison in Sokcho. The inmates who were confirmed confirmed at Gangwon Bukbu Campus are being treated at the Sokcho Medical Center and the Life Therapy Center at Icheon Defense Language Academy, Gyeonggi-do.
A Sokcho-si official said, “Some of the inmates have received bed assignments at the life treatment center in Gyeonggi-do, and one is in the state of suspension of execution, so I know that they will be transferred as soon as they are assigned, while they are self-isolation at home. Meanwhile, there have been 33 confirmed cases of inmates transferred from Dongbu detention center to prison in Gangwon region.
Youngwol·Sokcho = Reporter Park Jinho [email protected]