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37 correctional workers diagnosed with COVID-19

Matthew Samuda
 
Thirty-seven staff members within Jamaica's correctional facilities have now tested positive for COVID-19.
 
Matthew Samuda, Minister without portfolio in the National Security Ministry, says 128 employees were tested for the virus.
 
Seven test results are pending.
 
Mr. Samuda said 24 inmates have also contracted the highly contagious respiratory illness, 11 of whom have since recovered. 
 
"For the other cases, and certainly in every single case, we've done proper contact tracing, we've closed down blocks and locked down movement where we've needed to. We've depended very heavily on our own SMO (senior medical officer) and on the public health departments, depending on where the facilities are, and I think the team has done a very good job," he said.  
 
He noted that while authorities had hoped the virus would not enter correctional facilities, they have "allocated significant time and investment to improving the capacity of the internal hospitals within our facilities, so our inmates are receiving care in line with best practices and in line with recommendations." 
 


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