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Posted on: March 25, 2020

ICE/ERO OFFICIALS ISSUE STATEMENT ON COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS AND PUBLIC SAFETY AT T. DON HUTTO CENTER

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TAYLOR, Texas – The City of Taylor has been in contact with US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) regarding the measures being taken at the T Don Hutto Residential Center in Taylor to ensure public safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. As of March 25, 2020, the Center has no confirmed cases of COVID-19. In response to a request from Taylor Fire Chief Daniel Baum, the ICE/ERO San Antonio Field Office issued the following statement:

“The health, welfare and safety of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainees is one of the agency’s highest priorities. Since the onset of reports of COVID-19, ICE epidemiologists have been tracking the outbreak, regularly updating infection prevention and control protocols, and issuing guidance to ICE Health Service Corps (IHSC) staff for the screening and management of potential exposure among detainees. Currently, there are no detainees in T. Don Hutto Residential Center custody with confirmed COVID-19.

“ICE continues to incorporate the Center for Disease Control’s COVID-19 guidance, which is built upon the already established infectious disease monitoring and management protocols currently in use by the agency. In addition, ICE is actively working with state and local health partners to determine if any detainee requires additional testing or monitoring to combat the spread of the virus.”

For information on the steps ICE is taking with regards to the COVID-19 pandemic please visit https://www.ice.gov/covid19.

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