Fourth worker at Dartmouth jail tests positive for Covid-19

Apr 14, 2020

A health care professional at the Bristol County House of Correction has tested positive for Covid-19, marking the fourth worker at the Dartmouth facility to come down with the illness during the pandemic.

The Bristol County Sheriff’s Office announced the latest positive case in a press release on April 14.

According to the release, the mental health clinician was tested on April 8 and received the results over the weekend. She was still working at the facility from April 8-10, the release noted, but she had “extremely limited contact” with staff and inmates at that time.

The clinician is expected to make a full recovery and return to work when cleared by her doctor.  

"She has no symptoms and is feeling well," Bristol County Sheriff Thomas Hodgson said Tuesday. 

All Sheriff’s Office staffers inside the correctional facilities are wearing personal protective equipment at all times, the release noted, and inmates are consulting with mental health staff from behind a plexiglass partition.

A nurse who tested positive last month has recovered and returned to duty, and a K9 Officer who tested positive earlier this month is returning to duty on Tuesday.

A Corrections Officer that tested positive earlier this month remains at home but has reported feeling well and is expected back soon.

The Faunce Corner Road facility has started releasing immigration detainees after a federal judge last week ordered more than 40 people released due to concerns over the risk of an outbreak.

The office stated that it has given all employees masks to wear within the facility, and provided masks to all inmates and detainees.

This policy follows others taken by the facility including disinfecting the facility every day, screening all staff and new arrivals, and stopping all in-person visitation other than attorneys and clergy. 

"The policies and procedures we have in place to deal with infectious diseases are working and the team here has been doing an amazing job," Hodgson said. "No one in our incarcerated population has tested positive for Covid-19, and of the four positive tests among staff, one is already back, one returning today, and the other two are feeling well. These next two weeks are expected to be the surge in Massachusetts, so I hope everyone stays safe. We'll get through this together."