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In July 2020, a number of detainees of the Farmville Detention Center (FDC) in Virginia filed suit against the site’s operator, the Immigration Centers of America, and the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement regarding an outbreak of the COVID-19 virus at the immigrant detention center in 2020, which saw more than 300 inmates infected with the virus.

The parties to the dispute have now reached a settlement of the case, which has been approved by the Eastern District Court of Virginia on 6 July 2022.

Under the terms of the settlement: (i) FDC shall hold no more than 180 detainees at any time; (ii) all occupied dormitories at FDC shall be capped to 30 detainees; and (iii) there shall be three dormitories that are left unoccupied unless they are needed for purposes of quarantine or medical isolation procedures. In addition, detainees destined for the FDC must first be housed at the Caroline Detention Facility, a separate immigration center where the living arrangements make isolation more suitable if someone tests positive for the COVID-19 and where the detainees will first be vaccinated if needed. Furthermore, each arriving detainee must have tested negative for COVID-19 through a rapid antigen test. The settlement also provides for a detailed regulation of vaccination and infection prevention policies at the facility.

Full text of the decision available at nipnlg.org en