Friday 25 September, 2020

Prison officers asked to be careful after COVID-19 case

Prison officers are being called on to be their brother’s keepers and practice stringent safety measures.

This comes after a prisoner in the Port of Spain Remand Yard tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday.

Speaking with Loop News, Ceron Richards, who heads the Prison Officers' Association, said that he was calling on his membership to look after one another.

“Things were already in place before to prevent such a thing from happening, but it was something . But this is a situation where, due to how our systems are designed, and how many persons are in these structures, that it was sadly bound to happen.'

'So, what I am going to ask is for our membership now, to please look after one another. If you are feeling sick. Stay home and isolate. If it gets worse and you have flu like symptoms, follow protocols and go get yourself tested.

“In addition to that, you will have to be each other’s keepers. Every prison officer needs to wear their masks, and always sanitize. You need to always be careful.'

'Now is not the time for this virus to take a hold in the prison. I know we’ve had recent scares in the Tobago prison, and now a confirmed scare in the Port of Spain prison, so now is the time for you to step up. Even for the prisoners. Look out for them, for one another, and we will get through this,” Richards said.

On Tuesday, the Ministry of Health announced 14 more positive COVID-19 cases, bringing the country's tally of active cases to 148, and the country's overall total to 295.

On Monday, the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service confirmed that a prisoner tested positive for the virus. 

The Prison Service said safety measures have been implemented to prevent the spread of the virus.

The Prison Service said an emphasis has been placed on members of staff to not report for duty if unwell, as they are in contact with members of the external community. They are advised to inform their immediate supervisor via phone if they are feeling unwell or have been in contact with someone with the virus, and seek medical attention at nearest health facility. 

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