Conditions at Golden Grove back to near normal after health-related lockdown
Published: August 28, 2013
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ST. CROIX - Operations at Golden Grove Adult Correctional Facility were nearing normal on Tuesday, as prison officials allowed visitation for the first time since putting the facility on lockdown Friday.
The lockdown occurred after prison medical staff became concerned Thursday night that an inmate who had been sick for about a week might have meningitis. That inmate was hospitalized and protocols to prevent possible spread of infection were implemented, prison officials said.
Results from the lab test - a culture - to determine whether the inmate actually has meningitis were not back yet on Tuesday afternoon, according to V.I. Corrections Bureau Director Julius Wilson.
Officials modified the restrictions on prisoner movement later on Friday, as preventative treatment was given to staff and inmates and different areas were cleaned and disinfected.
Wilson said the restrictions were gradually eased over the next few days.
The major remaining restriction at Golden Grove on Tuesday was that no inmates who work on jobs outside the facility were allowed out, Wilson said.
Officials want to wait until the lab results are back to decide about that.
"By tomorrow, hopefully we'll know about the culture because we want these guys to go back to work," Wilson said.
No one else at the facility has exhibited symptoms of meningitis, he said.
The inmate had been sick for about a week before his symptoms worsened Thursday night, prompting medical staff to send him to Luis Hospital.
Meningitis is an inflammation of the protective membranes covering the brain and spinal cord, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The inflammation is usually caused by an infection of the fluid surrounding the brain and spinal cord.