A trace investigation has been conducted at the island’s prison identifying 11 correctional officers that need to be tested for the coronavirus.
The 11 DOC officers came in contact with the recruit who tested positive for the coronavirus last week and according to DOC Major Antone Aguon, the officers were identified on April 9 as part of the trace investigation conducted by Public Health.
“As a result of their investigation, they’ve determined that about seven officers and four recruits may have had close contact with the officer that tested positive. So, as a result, around a dozen officers will be tested at a later time to be determined by Public Health,” Aguon said.
Aguon says that no inmates or detainees were identified in Pubic Health’s investigation as PUI’s.
“They did go to the housing units that the officers were assigned and they did do questioning. Again, at the end of the day, their report was to test the 11 officers. So as of now, as far as I am aware, no inmate or detainee is scheduled to be tested or on a particular watch list,” Aguon said.
Initially, when the DOC recruit tested positive, all 38 recruits were advised to stay home and not report for duty out of an abundance of caution.
Aguon says they are hoping to bring back a majority of those recruits by the end of the week, once they are cleared by public health.
He adds that operations have not been significantly impacted.