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Legislative Assembly for the ACT: 2021 Week 13 Hansard (Thursday, 2 December 2021) . . Page.. 4145 ..

ACT Corrective Services—detainee transfers(Question No 433)

Mrs Kikkert asked the Minister for Corrections, upon notice, on 17 September 2021:

(1) In relation to a positive COVID-19 case recorded between 11 12 September that was transferred to the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC), where was the detainee being transferred from and why were they being transferred.

(2) Was this detainee a resident of the ACT or a resident of another state or territory.

(3) Was the detainee administered a COVID-19 test before being admitted into the AMC; if not, why not and when was the test that revealed the COVID-19 infection administered; if so, when were they administered the test and where was the detainee when the positive test was discovered.

(4) How many of the correctional officers (COs) or other AMC staff who directly interacted with the detainee were trained in wearing personal protective equipment.

(5) How many of the COs or other AMC staff were identified as contacts of this detainee and how many went into quarantine.

(6) How many other detainees were transferred with the detainee who tested positive and were they transferred in a Court Transport Unit (CTU) vehicle.

(7) If detainees were transferred in a CTU vehicle, which vehicle were they transferred in and how many ACTCS staff were in that vehicle.

Mr Gentleman: The answer to the member’s question is as follows:

The detainee, an ACT resident, who tested positive to COVID-19 was remanded to custody by the ACT Magistrates Court to the Alexander Maconochie Centre (AMC) on new charges and was not a transfer from another correctional facility or jurisdiction.

On admission to the AMC on 10 September 2021, Justice Health conducted a routine health check on the detainee which included a COVID-19 swab test. This test identified a positive result for COVID-19 on 11 September 2021. The detainee had been isolating in the Management Unit for the duration of this period.

All Correctional Officers (COs) have been provided information on donning and doffing personal protective equipment, including videos of the process and face-to-face demonstrations as needed. No COs were identified as close contacts of the COVID-19 positive detainee due to wearing appropriate personal protective equipment. One other AMC staff member was deemed a casual contact and required to isolate and get tested as per ACT Health protocols. That staff member was tested on day five of isolation, returned a negative test result and has now returned to the workplace.

Four other detainees were transferred in a Hyundia iLoad by two CTU COs to the AMC with the COVID-19 positive detainee. ACT Health identified all four detainees as close contacts. In accordance with ACT Health protocols, these detainees were quarantined for 14 days and tested as per ACT Health protocols. All four have since returned negative results and are now out of quarantine

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