BOSTON (SHNS) – Two recently admitted inmates at the Middlesex Jail and House of Correction tested positive this week, the first confirmed cases in the facility since late September, Middlesex Sheriff Peter Koutoujian’s office announced Tuesday night.
Both individuals had been in “precautionary quarantine” since entering the facility last week and were tested Monday, the sheriff’s office said. They are now in medical isolation after their positive tests, which were the first in the jail among 200 incarcerated individuals tested over the past 18 weeks.
“The fact we were able to identify these two cases before the individuals entered the general population is further evidence that our approach and the protocols we have in place have been effective,” Koutoujian said in a statement. “Over the past 11 months, we have implemented a medically driven approach to our COVID-19 planning and response.”
Movement in the affected unit has been modified, and other incarcerated individuals will receive additional precautionary testing. Koutoujian also announced that the Middlesex Jail has administered first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to 166 incarcerated individuals — which includes “all incarcerated individuals who initially indicated they wished to receive them since the MSO began vaccinating incarcerated individuals on January 21” — and 363 members of the sheriff’s office.