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Bahamas: Correctional officers call for heightened measures to mitigate COVID spread

NASSAU, BAHAMAS — President of the Correctional Officers Staff Association Herve Culmer said yesterday that more heightened measures need to be implemented at the prison, with officers ensuring they are adhering to health protocols.

Culmer’s comment comes after several correction officers have been infected with COVID-19 in recent weeks.

There are currently nine active cases among officers, according to officials.

“I think that all of the measures thus far we have put in place have been working but everything now needs to be heightened, everything needs to be multiplied,” Culmer told Eyewitness News.

“For the most part, our inmates don’t go anywhere so the officers who would have contracted COVID-19, it’s obvious they would have contracted it outside of the facility and brought it there.

“Everything now needs to be heightened beyond measure.

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