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ICE begins testing all incoming detainees for COVID-19

  1. Date Announced

    June 4, 2020

    COVID-19: ICE claims it is testing all incoming detainees for COVID-19 at 22 detention centers nationwide. ICE houses all new arrivals separately from the general population for 14 days after their arrival and monitors them for symptoms.

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  2. Effective Date of Change

    June 4, 2020
Status: Final/Actual
Type of Action: Change in Practice
Subject Matter: Detention
Agencies Affected: ICE

Prior Policies

  • Previously, ICE instituted screening guidance for new detainees who arrive at facilities to identify those who meet CDC’s criteria for epidemiological risk of exposure to COVID-19. ICE previously isolated detainees with fever and/or respiratory symptoms who meet these criteria and observed them for a specified time period.

    Prior ICE Guidance on COVID-19: Detention

  1. Associated or Derivative Policies

Commentary

In a June 2020 court filing, ICE claimed that all detainees newly booked at the Krome Processing Center and 21 other ICE detention facilities nationwide would be tested for COVID-19.

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