45 prison officers in quarantine, Dames says

COVID-19 continues to impact the country’s uniformed branches with 45 prison officers in quarantine and seven positive tests in total, Minister of National Security Marvin Dames said yesterday.

“Our update, as of today, is that there are seven officers from the time this started to now with COVID,” he said in an interview with The Nassau Guardian.

“I mean, these are recent cases. Up to [recently], the prison didn’t have any. There is nothing showing any inmates within the confines of the prison with any COVID.”

Dames added, “According to the commissioner, there were, like, 45 officers in quarantine.

“As you know, their quarantine is a little more extreme because they want to mitigate any spread in the prison itself. But we have no record of any inmates with COVID.”

Dames insisted there is no crisis in the facility and that no inmates have tested positive.

“There is no outbreak or anything like that,” he said.

“The prison commissioner and his team and the medical team at the prison, [they] continue to manage this situation.

“The commissioner, speaking to him, is very confident that they’re doing all the right things. And they will continue to do what they have to do.”

Dames said an inmate who was in the hospital had COVID-19 “some time back” and it is believed he contracted it while hospitalized.

Outside Cabinet on Tuesday, Dames said there were 103 cases of COVID in the defense force and 102 in the police force. Most of the police cases were no longer active he said.

He also noted at the time the team at the prison had “been able to keep COVID out” of the facility.

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Rachel Knowles

Rachel joined The Nassau Guardian in January 2019. Rachel covers national issues. Education: University of Virginia in Charlottesville, BA in Foreign Affairs and Spanish

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