FRAMINGHAM – More than 35% percent of the 190 inmates at MCI-Framingham have tested positive for the coronavirus. The exact number is 36.2%.
As of Friday, May 1, there are now 69 inmates positive for COVID-19 at MCI Framingham.
The Massachusetts Department of Corrections had increased testing at its correctional and treatment facilities in April.
There are 14 staff members connected to MCI Framingham who are also positive for the virus, according to the latest numbers from the Massachusetts Department of Corrections.
The Department of Corrections last month hosted mobile testing at MCI-Framingham and South Middlesex Correctional Center, where COVID-19 testing was provided to all inmates and staff. These two sites are on the same complex and house female inmates.
The Department said it was prepared to act quickly based on the outcome of test results; as at all facilities.
The department said MCI-Framingham and South Middlesex Correctional Center have designated spaces for clinical isolation and quarantine of inmates who test positive.
On Friday evening, April 3, the Massachusetts Department of Correction began to restrict movement within all facilities to allow greater social distancing within all facilities.
Corrections staff at all facilities have been instructed to utilize personal protective equipment if they will be within 6 feet of another individual or in an area with inmates who have tested positive for the virus, said a spokesperson.
Inmates will receive meals and medication in their units and have opportunities to shower, clean their rooms, and use the telephone. Laundry, mail, and other required services will not be interrupted, said a press release from the department.