Harvey Weinstein defeats the corona virus and is released from his quarantine, but remains under surveillance
Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein has survived his battle with the coronavirus, overcome fever and cough and has been released from his 14-day quarantine, sources exclusively reported on DailyMail.com.
He was placed in isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 in the Wende Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison east of Buffalo, New York, in mid-March.
He is being held in the prison’s residential mental health department, where he continues to commit suicide, a prison official said Thursday.
A source close to the disgraced movie tycoon said he was surprised that Weinstein survived given his age and ill health. The 68-year-old suffers from high blood pressure, heart problems, severe diabetes and spine disease.
“We lost contact with him and were unable to contact him after he tested positive for being isolated and quarantined,” the source told DailyMail.com.
“He had a fever and cough. The man is normally in poor health and has several pre-existing conditions. Frankly, I was very concerned. I can’t believe he got through this. I absolutely thought this would be the end of him. ‘
Convicted rapist Harvey Weinstein survived his battle with the coronavirus, overcome fever and cough and was released from his 14-day quarantine, sources exclusively reported on DailyMail.com on Thursday
He was placed in isolation after testing positive for Covid-19 in the Wende Correctional Facility, a maximum security prison east of Buffalo, in mid-March (photo). He is being held in the residential mental health facility of the prison, where he continues to keep suicide watch, a prison official said
HARVEY WEINSTEIN’S HEALTH
From the beginning, Weinstein’s use of a walker to get in and out of court every day during his trial raised questions about his health.
He left the court in an ambulance after the guilty verdict and made a detour to Bellevue Hospital, complaining of chest pain and high blood pressure.
Weinstein later had a stent inserted to unblock an artery.
After his conviction, he returned with more chest pain.
In addition to the heart problems, Weinstein’s lawyers have said he was also dealing with the consequences of back surgery failure due to a car accident last summer and a condition that requires shots to his eyes so that he doesn’t go blind.
Last month, Weinstein reportedly told prison staff that he thought he had the virus when he entered the state prison system from the infamous Rikers Island, where a number of prisoners have the virus.
Weinstein is serving a 23-year prison sentence for rape and sexual assault.
Wende Correctional Facility at Buffalo is a six-hour drive from Manhattan.
It was a temporary stop for Weinstein before being evaluated to determine which state prison meets his security, medical, mental health, and other needs.
Weinstein’s spokesman had called the move to prison “hard.”
The Oscar-winning producer of ‘Shakespeare in Love’ was convicted in 2013 of raping an aspiring actress and forcibly performing oral sex on a TV and film production assistant in 2006.
Twitter users commented on the result of Weinstein’s coronavirus and wondered how he could pass the test so quickly.
Shortage of tests coupled with some kits not working has hampered nationwide screening.
There are “ acute, severe shortages across the board ” for supplies needed to run the tests, said Eric Blank of the Association of Public Health Laboratories, which represents state and local health labs.
The 68-year-old suffers from high blood pressure, heart problems, severe diabetes and spine disease. A source told DailyMail.com: “Frankly, I was very concerned. I can’t believe he got through this. I absolutely thought this would be the end of him. Pictured: The most recent photo of Weinstein taken from a Manhattan courthouse after he was sentenced to 23 years in prison
Last month, Weinstein reportedly told prison staff that he believed he had the virus when he entered the state prison system from the infamous Rikers Island (pictured), where a number of prisoners have the virus.
The board overseeing New York City prisons urged officials to begin releasing vulnerable populations and those detained at a low level, as the coronavirus outbreak hit the infamous Rikers Island complex.
“Fewer people in prisons will save lives and minimize transfer between detainees and staff,” Jacqueline Sherman, interim chair of the Board of Correction, wrote this weekend in a letter to New York leaders of the criminal courts.
“Not drastically reducing the prison population threatens to overwhelm the health care and basic activities of city prisons.”
Sherman urged the release of more than 2,000 people in custody in New York City prisons, including those over 50; people with health problems such as lung and heart disease; those who are being held for parole, such as missing a curfew; and those serving sentences of less than a year.
An FDNY ambulance with its emergency lights on is on display in Rikers Island prison, where rapist Harvey Weinstein is apparently taken from Belleview hospital
Such measures are needed, she said, to turn the tide of COVID-19.
More than 2.2 million people are incarcerated in the United States – more than anywhere else in the world – and fears that an outbreak could spread quickly through a huge network of federal and state prisons, provincial prisons and detention centers.
It is a tightly packed, liquid population that is already struggling with high rates of health problems and, when it comes to the elderly and infirm, increased risks of serious complications.
With limited national capacity to test for COVID-19, men and women within worry that they are the last in line when they show flu-like symptoms, meaning some can become infected without even knowing it.