A portion of the population at the Mangilao facility under the Department of Corrections has been tested for COVID-19. The results are still pending but DOC’s Major Antone Aguon says that none of the prisoners are exhibiting symptoms.
With a prison population of over 600 inmates and detainees, getting the population tested in a safe and secure manner was a multi-agency effort. DOC Major Antone Aguon tells PNC that the National Guard lent a helping hand and Public Health brought out the nurses to administer the tests. As of yesterday, 7 of the 16 housing units at DOC were tested for COVID-19.
“We did it one unit at a time. We had our SORT team and extra officers and of course, the National Guard was here to assist with the testing itself and so the process was quite fast. The medical team got here around 7:30 am start setting up and by 9 am they started the process and they were able to go little after 12:30 pm and during that time frame we were able to test 145 inmates and detainees in the Mangilao facility,” Aguon said.
In addition, 13 DOC employees who had not been tested previously in July were also swabbed. Aguon reports that no inmates or detainees have exhibited any signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Despite this, more testing is to come.
“We still have approximately 344 prisoners remaining in Mangilao and of course we have not touched the Agana Facility which is about a 128,” Aguon said.
Aguon says they will be coordinating with Public Health on their availability to test the remaining housing units at both facilities.
As for the results of those who were tested, Aguon says he hopes to receive some result today but if not, they should receive it by Saturday.
Meanwhile, in light of PCOR1, he says operations at the department will revert back to restricted access as well as a reduction of staffing at the facilities.
“It’s more likely that our civilian staff would not report for duty and of course the civilian staff are a very important component to our operations and so not having them here will make things a little challenging as far as running the prison itself. But as far as security goes we do have enough officers,” Aguon said.
He added that there are currently 25 officers currently undergoing academy training. Their training may be placed on hold to staff the prison and its perimeter.