Quarantine for AR Prison after Chickenpox Found

PINE BLUFF, Ark. - Nearly 300 inmates at the Arkansas Department of Correction's East Arkansas Regional Unit are in quarantine after the discovery of chickenpox at the prison facility in Brickeys (Lee County).

In a news release issued Thursday afternoon, the ADC said it has identified five (5) suspected cases of varicella [chickenpox] at Brickeys. The Arkansas Department of Health (ADH) has advised the ADC, and its contract medical services provider, Correct Care Solutions (CCS), to implement the following action authorized by ADC policy: 

  • All inmates and staff at the facility were screened by medical staff resulting in a current quarantine group of approximately 298 inmates.

All inmates who have been quarantined will remain quarantined through Oct. 10, 2017. The quarantine will be lifted on Oct. 11, 2017, if there are no further suspected cases. During the quarantine period, quarantined inmates will have their visitation privileges restricted and congregate group activities will be restricted to only include those in the quarantine group. For the duration of the quarantine period, all visitors to the East Arkansas Regional Unit will be required to sign a notice acknowledging the presence of chickenpox at the facility and the associated risks.
 
Staff diagnosed with a confirmed case of chickenpox will be restricted from duty until released by their physician. Staff without documented evidence that they have had chickenpox, and those who have not been vaccinated for the virus, are not working with the quarantine group.
 
ADC, CCS, and ADH staff will continue to work jointly to address these suspected cases and ensure that all appropriate response measures continue to be taken.


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