Bristol County Sheriff’s Office reports additional COVID-19 cases amongst inmates, staff

Bristol County Sheriff's Office Staffers Test Positive For Covid 19
Bristol County Sheriff's Office. (WLNE)

DARTMOUTH, Mass. (WLNE) – The Bristol County Sheriff’s Office announced Tuesday that an additional six staff members and eight inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.

There is a total of nine inmates and 18 staff members that have tested positive for COVID-19. Additionally, one ICE detainee in Bristol has tested positive for COVID-19 as well, according to data provided by a spokesperson.

Bristol County Sheriff’s Office says the inmates who tested positive for COVID-19 are housed in medical isolation. They are being monitored by health care professionals. The medical team is also monitoring inmates in the former housing units of the inmates who tested positive, the spokesperson added.

“The COVID pandemic has taken a toll on our country,” Bristol County Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson said. “In the middle of this national epidemic, essential workers like those in corrections, law enforcement, and health care have joined others at grocery stores, gas stations, and other places in reporting to work to keep our country going. They deserve an enormous amount of credit.”

The six new cases amongst the staff include three corrections officers, a communications dispatcher, a nurse, and a classification counselor.

One officer, the nurse, and the dispatcher were last at the facility on May 6 and received notification of their positive COVID-19 test results last weekend.

The counselor and another officer were last on duty Friday, and another officer was last on duty Sunday. Those staff members received their positive results on Tuesday, according to the sheriff’s office.

Seven staff members at the sheriff’s office have recovered from COVID-19 and have returned to duty. The 11 others all have reported feeling well and are expected back soon, the spokesperson says.

The Bristol County Sheriff’s Office says over the past few months they’ve instituted “many protocols to protect inmates, detainees and staff from the Coronavirus outbreak.” Some of these measures include:

  • All employees were given masks that must be worn inside the secure perimeter of our facilities. All inmates and detainees have also been given masks to wear for protection.
  • All areas of the facility are being cleaned\disinfected every day on every shift.
  • All staff members are being screened before entering the buildings; new arriving inmates are being screened before being accepted into custody.
  • In-person visitation has been suspended to limit the number of people coming in and out.

Recently, the inmates at the jail had a protest demanding better resources to protect themselves against COVID-19 within the facility.

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