It’s reported that the disgraced movie mogul, Harvey Weinstein, is now dealing with more than than just legal battles. Just less than two weeks since 68-year-old Weinstein’s conviction of sexual assault and rape, he’s now facing additional health concerns.
As of yesterday morning, officials of the New York State Correctional Officers and Police Benevolent Association (NYSCOPBA) have reported that Weinstein has tested positive for the coronavirus. The Niagara Gazette was the first to report the news following speculation.
Last Wednesday, Weinstein was transferred to Wende Correctional Facility from Rikers Island, where he will be serving his 23-year-sentence. It’s unclear how he obtained the virus, whether at Rikers or Wende.
Before Weinstein’s conviction, he was admitted to New York City’s Bellevue hospital on two occasions for high blood pressure and chest pains.
However, Officials have stated that they believe he was ill with the deadly virus before his transfer last week.
Also, Michael Powers, President of the NYSCOPBA, said he learned of the diagnosis Sunday morning. Powers said he is concerned with the safety of correctional officers, and several staff are now quarantined. Weinstein is now serving his stay at the facility in isolation until more details develop.
Since the news, two other prisoners have reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus. Wende Correctional Facility is a maximum-security prison that holds the capacity of 961 inmates. Close quarters is breeding ground for COVID-19. With the nation on lockdown, no official statements have been made on how the prison will handle the disease.
The news of Weinstein’s diagnosis comes in the wake of several other celebrities and public figures testing positive for the coronavirus. If they can get it, you can too! Furthermore, wash your hands and keep your distance! Stay safe out there.
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