Corrections worker in Newport tests positive for COVID-19

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NEWPORT, Vt. – A staff member at the Northern State Correctional Facility has tested positive for the coronavirus, the Vermont Department of Corrections announced Monday.

The state says the worker, who last worked March 17, did not have contact with inmates at the prison and that no inmates have tested positive for the disease. Prison staff has cleaned the area where the staffer worked and increased messaging to staff and inmates about hand washing and hygiene. They are also gathering a list of people who had contact with the worker.

“The department is extending our support to this staff member in light of this news,” said Corrections Commissioner Jim Baker.

Baker says all staff entering a correctional facility are screened for symptoms, including a fever. Staff who present with symptoms are sent home.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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