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Friday 14 August, 2020

Prisons building closed after employee tests positive for COVID-19

Commissioner of Prisons (Ag), Dennis Pulchan has ordered the immediate evacuation and closure of the Prisons Administration Building, located at Phillip Street, Port of Spain.

This follows reports that an employee of the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service visited the building displaying flu like symptoms.

In a statement on Saturday, the Trinidad and Tobago Prison Service said the individual was sent for testing and later confirmed positive for COVID-19.

It said contact tracing has been initiated and guidelines set out by the Ministry of Health in cases such as these, are being adhered to.

"The Prisons Administration Building will remain closed until the completion of the sanitisation process. Staff attached to the Administration Building are advised to stay at home until further notice, as the matter now has the attention of authorities who are taking the necessary action in light of the situation," it advised.

Commissioner Pulchan is urging that any officer who may be displaying flu-like symptoms, should not report for duty, but inform their immediate supervisor via phone and seek medical attention.

He indicated that the responsibility lies with everyone to exercise caution and not put others at risk.

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