ICE: Detainee Held In Arizona Has COVID-19

Published: Wednesday, April 1, 2020 - 5:42pm
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A 45-year-old Guatemalan held at the La Palma Correctional Center has tested positive for COVID-19, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

ICE spokeswoman Yasmeen Pitts O'Keefe said in an emailed statement that everyone who came in contact with the Guatemalan has been isolated and is being watched for symptoms.

The Arizona chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association said a person who was about to be deported was brought to La Palma. A prior medical condition caused the person to be hospitalized. And it was confirmed they had COVID-19.

When asked, ICE did not say if it disputes those details.

The immigration lawyers group said detainees at La Palma were being kept in their pods and they were not going to court or interviews on Wednesday.

ICE has confirmed six cases of COVID-19 among people in custody, though some may no longer be detained.

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