Cove 19: ‘My Biggest Nightmare’: Vaikto Meyer After Spring Hill Prison Guard’s Corona Virus Test

Waikato District Mayor Alan Sunson hopes the Delta version of the Cove 19 has been fenced off to improve Spring Hill since it first appeared in the region.

Senson learned Tuesday morning that a staff member at the Spring Hill Correction Facility had tested positive.

“I was not surprised, it was probably one of my biggest fears that something beyond Bombay would enter our part of the world.

“I think we’ve been extraordinarily lucky so far.


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“It’s probably my biggest nightmare … the only difference is, I’d like to think it’s at least in jail, and its staff doesn’t go out anymore.”

A guard at Spring Hill Prison in North Waikato has tested positive for Covid 19.

Terry Buffery, regional commissioner for reform in the Central Region, emailed all staff shortly after noon on Tuesday, advising them of a positive case.

“Last night [Monday] We were advised that a staff member of the Spring Hill Correction Facility tested positive for Code-19. “The staff member has been fully vaccinated, and has not shown any symptoms. It is important to note that no other site has been affected at this time.

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The guard, who lives in Auckland, “worked in jail during the day on Saturday, and was advised this evening that he had a link to a place of interest. He was tested on Sunday and has since Isolated.

“As soon as we were advised of the staff member’s positive test on Monday night, we identified and contacted 23 staff members who had close contact with the staff member while he was at work,” Buffy wrote. ”

“Everyone is advised to isolate and get tested as advised by the Ministry of Health. The staff will not return to work until they have returned the negative test and have been cleared by the Ministry of Health. Would be

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Director General of Health Dr. Ashley Bloomfield. Case confirmation In a press briefing on Tuesday at 1 p.m.

“I have not received any details,” Ordner said.

He said the unit, which had a population of 123, had “strict records”.

The Waikato DHB confirmed that an inmate from the Spring Hill Correction Facility visited Waikato Hospital on Monday, however, he was not from the unit where the staff member tested positive.

“Residential environments are high-risk environments. Ultimately, the people in the workplace are the people who have been contacted.

Despite the Waikato Spring Hill case, the rest of the country will move to Alert Level 3 in the south of Auckland, but Senson admitted to wondering if a positive case has put him in danger.

“I thought, with the health order coming in at midnight tonight; will they come back this afternoon and do it again?”

“They could possibly take over the entire Waikato region because that was one of the options that was on the table last week.”

With Spring Hill staff living in Waikato and Auckland, Sanson knew the scene was always possible.

“It was probably the scariest thing we had – the movement of essential people coming out of Auckland – considering that Auckland has been the epicenter of this epidemic.”

In his message to staff, Buffy said immediate action was being taken.

“All members of the unit where the staff member has worked are also excluded for medical supervision under Section 60 of the Correctional Act, and will be tested by our health staff. Anyone who has recently been assigned to the unit The two released persons are being contacted and are being advised to be isolated and tested.

The unit will now function as a quarantine unit. This means that all staff at the unit will wear improved PPE, including masks, gloves, a gown and goggles, when interacting with inmates. The unit guard room and common areas have been thoroughly cleaned this morning, and will continue to be so.

“We are in regular contact with Regional Public Health and are following all their advice.”

Buffery added that they are “well-prepared” and have “extensive plans to deal with any threat to our staff or men”.

“This includes the precautions we are taking at Alert Level 4 so that we can screen everyone who comes to the prison (including the use of thermal cameras), protect vulnerable inmates, and protect everyone. Use of e-mail and the implementation of proximity detection cards to help us. With contact tracing. “

In a press release, Prison Director Scott Walker said all affected staff would not return to work until they had a negative test.

“I would like to acknowledge the staff member for doing all the right thing when they were first informed of their connection from the point of interest and to make sure that we get positive test results as soon as possible. Be notified

“I would also like to thank my staff for their professionalism and willingness to continue their important work.

“The unit guard room and communal areas have been thoroughly cleaned this morning, and will continue to do so on a regular basis.

The unit now operates as a quarantine unit, which means all staff wear better PPE, including masks, gloves, gowns and goggles when interacting with inmates. Prisoners have also been instructed to wear PPE.

As New Zealand has moved to Alert Level 4, it is important for staff to wear masks inside the prison at all times, and for inmates to wear masks whenever they are out of their cells, regular hand washing and hygiene. Place with “

The Union of Prison Officers, the Reform Association of New Zealand, is still trying to get full details of the staff member who had a positive experience.

President Alan Whitley said it was not possible to learn more about him until Tuesday night or Wednesday morning.

“At this point in time, no one knows how long a person can be contagious, even if they are contagious at that point.”

He confirmed that this was the first time that Covid 19 had entered the prison environment.

“At Level 4 last year, we had staff members from across the country who found it. [Covid-19] But fortunately at that time none of them were in direct contact with the inmates or working in the actual prison environment.

Whitley confirmed that, like any member of the community, they were nervous about the conversation around the place, but were fine with the correction when trying to keep the Cove 19 away from their facilities. ۔

Reform Minister Calvin Davis said it would be a frustrating time for many in prison. “I want to acknowledge the front line staff going to work every day as we try to eradicate the virus.”

Speaking before the Spring Hill Prison Coward Fear, Senson said he had “great concerns” about the necessary workers traveling across the border for work.

Senson was due to speak to police on Tuesday afternoon about how they would manage the Auckland Vicato border.

“With just one feather and prayer, I hope we get out of here without a trace,” he said. Equipment.

“Ask me in a month because if we survive here we’re going to be bloody lucky, given the type of this delta.”

Senson spoke to the prime minister’s office Tuesday morning and said the villagers of Waikato, especially in the west of the district, are anxious not to find a coward in their community.

“They will be diligent in how they work, and they will be very, very careful.”

As of August 27, there were 8,198 inmates in facilities in New Zealand, of whom 4,517 received the first dose of the Code 19 vaccine. Of these, 1122 have been fully vaccinated.

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