Saturday 19 September, 2020

Second prison officer tests positive for COVID-19

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A prison officer has tested positive for COVID-19. The officer was taken for treatment at the Caura Hospital after being made aware of her results on Wednesday night. 

Contact tracing was immediately done in the service and persons who had direct interactions with the officer were advised to stay home and to present themselves for testing should it become necessary. 

With this case and a prisoner testing positive for the virus on Sunday, a total of 77 people has been identified as having potential contacts with the virus and have been asked to quarantine. 

As a result of the incident, the prison service made a decision to produce face masks for their prisoners and within two days, approximately 1,000 masks were produced by inmates for their fellow inmates. 

They were manufactured at Port of Spain Prison, Women's Prison, Maximum Security Prison and Carrera Convict Prison for distribution to all institutions. 

Authorities are hoping that with over 3,800 inmates in the care of the prison service, face masks will be available for all prisoners by next week. 

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