Ricardo Francis tested negative for the virus 9 to 10 days before he showed symptoms and was hospitalized
DEDHAM – A detainee from Norfolk County prison died on Thursday from complications of COVID-19, the coronavirus-associated disease, after being hospitalized on June 5.
Ricardo Francis, 40, had been in the intensive care unit once the guards found out he was shaking and showing other signs of the virus. He was initially taken to a Needham hospital, then transferred to the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, where he died, said Sheriff Jerry McDermott.
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McDermott said Francis was held in prison in prison without bail following an arrest for a home invasion of Sharon.
He said Francis was tested negative for the virus nine to 10 days before showing symptoms and hospitalized, following an evaluation by medical professionals in prison.
McDermott said that Francis did not appear to have underlying conditions that would put him at risk.
According to statistics compiled in response to a lawsuit, the prison has a total of 32 confirmed cases of prisoners, three of guards and an “other” staff member.
The prison saw only one case in a prisoner between 20 and 26 April before eight cases were confirmed between 26 and 30 May, followed by three between 1 and 7 June, and then 20 cases between June 8 and 14. There have been no reported cases detained since.
“We actually had positive agents, and they came back with mild symptoms like colds,” he said. “Some people, officers and detainees alike, have lost their sense of smallness, or taste for a week, 10 he says, but all have turned back, thank God. It’s a strange case. We’ll wait and see what hospital. Maybe he had minimal medical conditions that none of us knew about. “
At each shift, the guards walk around the prison with sanitizing “guns”, the inmates have soap bars full of soap and everyone must wear masks when they are outside the cells, he said.
“We are doing all the protocols,” he said.
He is also working with an epidemiologist to form a response team to see what the other facilities are doing and if there is something that can be done better, especially if there is a second wave of infections in the fall.
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