2020 – 95 – CORONAVIRUS

Coronavirus: the dodos have come home to roost…

Hello friend,

Day 230…

My lost coronavirus blog (2020 – 88) ended by me saying:

“I do hope that I’m not having to refer you back to this blog in a few weeks’ or months’ time, but, if a member of staff brings the vrus in it is likely to cause widespread infections and possibly deaths.”

You know where this is going, right?

Around 3 weeks ago, there was a positive Covid-19 case on the wing I’m on – actually, on my landing – opposite and a few doors down. He had been taken to hospital.

Then, every day I was hearing about more positive cases. The numbers were going from 1 to 2 to 4 to 8. The final figure I heard was 12. This I cannot verify as the prison were not informing us of exact numbers or even who had tested positive; however, it was confirmed in writing that the ouybreak had reached two other wings. Our lockdown restrictions tightened considerably.

Unfortunately, their idea of ‘track and trace’ was to identify ‘known associates.’ This didn’t take into account guys who had come into contact with someone infected who weren’t ‘known assocciates’ (maybe, in the dinner queue). This undoubtedly led to more prisoners being infected by guys who had no idea that they were carrying or transmitting the virus.

Finally, finally, we were given face masks and staff started to wear them – most of them, anyway. That took 7 months (since the lockdown started) and an outbreak. Why? I cannot begin to understand the logic. Wait until the horse has bolted…? Don’t forget, I was assured that: “all appropriate measures remain in place to minimise the risk.” (see 2020 – 88)

And what of the guy who had been hospitalised?
He died.

Be happy, be safe and be kind.
Graham Coutts, 8th November 2020

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