Five prisoners at Parklea Jail test positive for highly contagious whooping cough
Parklea Jail, which is privately managed by MTC Broadspectrum, has been placed under lockdown in an attempt to control the spread of whooping cough. This disease is also known as pertussis.
Reports have emerged that the five infected prisoners are stable and showing limited symptoms.
In response to the outbreak, the jail are advising that prisoners at Parklea are being excused from AVL (audio visual link) court appearances as a result of the lockdown.
Justice Health implements contact tracing as COVID-19 threatens also
Justice Health, which is the NSW Government’s healthcare provider for prisoners, has advised that they are undertaking contact-tracing in an attempt to locate the source of the outbreak. This is in order to notify others who may have exposure to the highly contagious and potentially fatal respiratory infection.
Prisoners across NSW have already been subjected to heightened stress in recent times due to COVID-19 restrictions. Prisoners have been denied visitors and have had court matters delayed. This is leading to significant frustration amongst those serving their time or have their cases heard.
Contact us if you are a prisoner or a prisoner you know is suffering
In light of these existing COVID-19 restrictions, O’Brien Criminal and Civil Solicitors has concern for the mental wellbeing of the individuals incarcerated at Parklea and their families, who must now deal with the risk of two highly contagious outbreaks.
If you or your loved ones have been affected by this outbreak, or an incident with Justice Health or Corrective Services and seek legal assistance, contact O’Brien Solicitors on (02) 9261 4281 and we will be happy to help in whatever way possible.