Six Victorian prisons have been locked down after a prison officer at one of the correctional facilities tested positive to coronavirus.
Corrections Victoria announced on Tuesday evening that a GEO prison officer at Ravenhall Correctional Centre had returned a positive test, forcing five other prisons into lockdown.
Hopkins Correctional Centre, Langi Kal Kal, Barwon Prison, Fulham and Loddon prisons will be subject to the tough restrictions until the officer’s contact with other staff and prisoners is determined.
“The Department of Health and Human Services have been notified and contact tracing is currently underway, with impacted staff and prisoners being notified,” Corrections Victoria said.
The process of thorough cleaning, contact tracing and the separation of potential prisoner contacts has already begun, the department said.
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