Convicted Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein who was convicted on February 24 in New York City for raping a lady and sexually assaulting one other girl, has reportedly examined optimistic for coronavirus in jail.
68-year-old Weinstein was taken into custody upon conviction earlier than being entered in New York City’s jail system. He was handled at Bellevue Hospital and was later transferred to Rikers Island jail in New York City.
After being handed a 23-year jail sentence on March 11, he was once more taken to Bellevue Hospital and later transferred again to Rikers as he waited to be moved to a state jail. Rikers is nonetheless going through one of many nation’s worst reported coronavirus outbreaks, with at the least 38 folks testing optimistic as of final week.
On March 19, Weinstein was taken to a maximum-security jail exterior Buffalo, Wende Correctional Facility within the city of Alden in Erie County. Niagara Gazette reported that Harvey is presently in medical isolation at Wende Correctional Facility. The native newspaper in upstate New York cited nameless officers in its report.
Michael Powers, president of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA) mentioned;
“There is no better breeding ground for this virus than a closed environment such as a correctional facility.”
It has been reported that 21 inmates and one other 17 employees at Rikers have examined optimistic for COVID-19. The jail is now monitoring 58 inmates.
When contacted, representatives from New York State’s Department of Corrections didn’t reply to requests from information retailers for direct affirmation resulting from its coverage that they “cannot comment on an individual’s medical record.” They nonetheless confirmed that two inmates on the facility have examined optimistic.
A spokesperson of the power mentioned;
“The Department cannot comment on an individual’s medical record. However, we can confirm that two of the Department’s approximately 43,000 incarcerated individuals, both at Wende Correctional Facility, have confirmed cases. With each confirmed case, DOCCS worked with the Department of Health to identify any potentially exposed individuals in order to provide notifications and to stop the spread of the virus.”
It is nonetheless not clear if he contracted the lethal virus whereas at Wende or Rikers, or throughout certainly one of two stays at NYC’s Bellevue hospital the place he was handled for hypertension and chest pains. Officials imagine he was already unwell with the virus by the point he was transferred final Wednesday March 18.
A spokesperson for Weinstein instructed The Sun on Sunday afternoon that he had not been knowledgeable of a optimistic check end result.