BATHURST Jail remains in a precautionary lockdown after yet another staff member tested positive to COVID-19.
The Western Advocate understands the officer returned a positive test on Wednesday, which led to up to 40 other staff members being sent into isolation as close contacts.
While Corrective Services NSW would not confirm the exact number of staff who are now in isolation as a result of the latest case, it did say the centre has not invoked a rapid response team of staff from other sites to assist with the management of the jail.
The jail has been at the centre of a number of positive cases both within its staff and inmates.
Staffing levels at the centre plummeted earlier this month because of an outbreak in which eight staff were infected with COVID-19, and a significant proportion of its staff were forced into self-isolation.
A spokeswoman for Corrective Services NSW said on Friday that "the safety of all staff and inmates is our number one priority."
She said that staff continue to follow the expert advice of NSW Health and Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network (JH and FMHN) in decision-making processes.
Given the jail is a centre for fresh custodies, Corrective Services was asked how it plans to manage the situation to minimise risk to its staff, inmates and the community at large,
The spokeswoman said "CSNSW COVID Command Post works with Population Health to support the contact tracing process in custodial facilities to identify anyone who has had contact with the positive cases".
"Impacted staff are being directed to go for immediate COVID-19 testing and to isolate based on the health advice provided by NSW Health and JH and FMHN," she said.
"Impacted inmates are tested and isolated until cleared by JH and FMHN."
She said the centre will continue to use rapid antigen screening for staff and inmates as an additional screening measure.
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