SCI Phoenix inmate is prison's first positive coronavirus case

Mark Abrams
March 30, 2020 - 10:27 am

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The Montgomery County prison where Bill Cosby is serving time has its first COVID-19 case among the inmate population. 

The inmate is the first to test positive for the new coronavirus. He's being held at SCI Phoenix on the grounds of Graterford State Prison.

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Corrections department officials say the inmate is in isolation in the infirmary and has underlying health conditions.

Prison officials say they've identified inmates who had contact with the affected prisoner, and they are being isolated in a specific housing unit inside the jail.

Staff who also had contact with the affected inmate are being monitored for symptoms.

The prison has increased cleaning in common areas and inmate cells.

Prison officials say they are working closely with the Pennsylvania Department of Health on the case.

Last week, a spokesman for Cosby issued a statement expressing concern for his health and potential exposure to the virus.

The spokesman said Cosby has not been tested for COVID-19 and is feeling fine.

However, he said, because of his age and risk to his health, lawyers may ask the courts to release Cosby and allow him to serve the remainder of his sentence under house arrest.