Canberra prison closed again after active COVID case detected among residents | Canberra Times

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Canberra prison was closed again after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday. ACT Corrections confirmed that the female employee – who was fully vaccinated – was able to access a number of areas within the facility earlier this week, particularly on Mondays and Tuesdays. The employee – who is described as “reasonably senior” in rank rather than a corrections officer – is believed to have been injured in the community and unknowingly taken to prison. ACT’s Chief of Corrections and former Chief Police Officer Ray Johnson said investigations are now underway to find out what those contact areas were and the exact times the infected person was in those areas. Mr Johnson said efforts are now being made to “reduce the movement of staff and detainees within the facility as best we can while continuing to give them opportunities for exercise, light, food and all the things they need.” [inmates] You should reasonably expect.” Detainees coming to the prison are separated from the rest of the population for up to five days. They are tested for COVID on the first and fifth days. A reliable source, who has been in direct contact with a detainee in the past 48 hours, has informed The Canberra Times that the prisoners “They are stressed” about this latest infection and the lockdown. “Those of us who have friends and relatives in prison are deeply concerned about the ongoing culture of secrecy that still prevails around the world. She said, “The system never gets any direct answers from the corrections and neither do the detainees. Why don’t they tell us the truth?” Sports, and they have poor mental health.” Imprisonment is incompatible with human rights never happened.” All outside visits and contact with detainees have been canceled until further notice. Of its prison staff members, 75% were double vaccinated, said Maddy Northam, the regional secretary for the community and public sector union at ACT. Dual. With them in the mandatory vaccination [for members] If there is a public health order issued “.” In the event of clear public health requirements, the Community Protection Unit supports mandatory vaccination,” she said. Previously, a detainee tested positive for COVID-19 on September 11. When he was tested upon arrival in prison after his arrest On the street and detained him at the ACT Probation House prior to his court appearance READ MORE: This incident led to the closure and thorough cleaning of the ACT Police Probation Center and exposed several police and corrections officials.Discussions continue internally over whether all persons detained at the Police Probation Center should be tested in the Civic prior to their relocation All ACT police officers are required to wear personal protective equipment when interacting with the community Our coverage of the health and safety aspects of this COVID-19 outbreak in the ACT and closing is free for anyone to access. However, we rely on subscription revenue to support our nalism. If you are able, please subscribe here. If you are already subscribed, thank you for your support. You can also subscribe to our newsletters for regular updates. Our journalists work hard to bring fresh local news to the community. This is how you can benefit from Frequently access our trusted content:

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