NEW YORK (AP)—Jail officers say New York City has agreed to scrub down a part of the Rikers Island jail complex. Ten inmates in the complex have confirmed cases of swine flu.
The city Correction Officers' Benevolent Association says officials laid out the plan for the 2,600-inmate Anna M. Kross Center in a letter Thursday.
The union says the plan calls for transferring healthy inmates to available space elsewhere at the 10-jail complex. The city would then sanitize areas in the Kross center on a rolling basis, moving symptom-free inmates back into the cleaned spaces.
Meanwhile six more city schools have shut down on Thursday amid swine flu scares: PS IS 499 in Flushing, Queens, PS 111 in the Eastchester section of the Bronx, PS 143 in Corona, Queens, PS 203 in Bayside, Queens, MS 113 in Fort Greene Brooklyn and PS 73 in Maspeth Queens.
A Health Department spokeswoman says 56 people citywide are hospitalized with the virus.