b'COSTA RICAJT: The COVID-19 pandemic has brought great challenges to prisonJT:LapandemiadeCOVID-19hatradograndesdesafosalas organisations. Given the restrictions resulting from the pandemicorganizaciones penitenciarias. Dadas las restricciones derivadas de la crisis, what kind of measures have been implemented in Costa Rica?crisis pandmica, Qu tipo de medidas se han implementado en Costa Rica? FSR: In the prison system, we started preparing before the virus arrived in Costa Ricathe first case of infection in the country was on March 6,FSR: En el sistema penitenciario empezamos a prepararnos desde antes 2020 and in a prison, it was on July 1, 2020.que el virus llegara a Costa Ricael primer caso de infeccin en el pas From February, we started working as a team with the Ministry of Healthfue en el 6 marzo del 2020 y en un centro penitenciario fue en le 1 de and the Costa Rican Social Security Fund, which manages the publicjulio 2020. health services network in the country.Nosotros habamos empezado a trabajar en equipo, desde febrero, con el We immediately set up a protocol to work inside the penitentiariesat theMinisterio de Salud y con la Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social, que es beginning it was a lot of hand washing, respiratory etiquette, and socialquien tiene la red de servicios de salud pblica en el pas. distancingbut this protocol was revised and adjusted (we are alreadyInmediatamente se cre un protocolo para trabajar dentro de los centros in version 7) as the health authorities have further advised us. penitenciariosal principio era mucho el lavado de manos, la etiqueta We have had a year of difficulties. Today (March 11, 2021), we have onlyrespiratoria y el distanciamiento socialpero este protocolo se fue 17 positive cases in the entire prison system. The strategy that we haverevisando y ajustando (ya estamos en la versin 7) a medida que las used from the beginning, beyond hand washing and all those protocols,autoridades de salud han ido ensendonos ms.was isolation. In each penitentiary centre, we identified spaces that wereHemos tenido un ao de altos y bajos. El da de hoy (11 de marzo 2021) to be exclusively reserved for isolation, to isolate both people who testedsolo tenemos 17 casos positivos en todo el sistema. La estrategia que positive and those suspected to have been in contact with the virus, such thathemos utilizado desde el principio, fue el aislamiento; en cada centro each person who comes from a jail cell has to undergo a 14-day isolation.identificmos espacios que iban a ser exclusivamente para aislar tanto a Some people arrived in the prison system having already tested positivelas personas positivas como a las personas sospechosas, entonces, cada for COVID-19, and then complied with quarantine until they recoveredpersona que viene de una celda judicial tiene que cumplir un aislamiento and the health order was lifted. de 14 das. Algunas personas llegaban al sistema penitenciario ya con su In addition, anyone inside a prison who went to a doctor\'s appointment orprueba positiva para COVID-19 entonces cumplan la cuarentena hasta court appearance, upon return, also had to go into isolation. I believe thatque estuvieran recuperadas y se les levantara la orden sanitaria.this firewall was what prevented us from having a massive outbreakAdems, cualquier persona dentro un centro penitenciario que tendra in the penitentiaries.que salir a una cita mdica o a una diligencia judicial, al regresar tambin Fourteen inmates have died of COVID-19. All received care like any othertena que ir a aislamiento. Creo que esta "pared de fuego" nos impidi citizen in the social security system. We also had infected personnel andque se hiciera un contagio masivo. they have recovered. At this time, the recovery rate among inmates is 165HanfallecidodeCOVID-19catorcepersonasprivadasdelibertad: to one active case; 99% of people who have had the virus have recovered.todas han sido atendidas como cualquier otro ciudadano, en el sistema Before the pandemic arrived, we built great awareness within the prisonde seguridad social. Tambin hemos tenido personal infectado y se han population through many discussion sessions.recuperado. En este momento, la tasa de recuperacin de la poblacin privada de libertad es 165 personas recuperadas por cada caso activo; el 99% de la gente que ha tenido el virus est recuperada. Semester / Semestre 12021JUSTICE TRENDS // 2 3'