BILLERICA, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — Seven employees at the Middlesex Jail and House of Correction have tested positive for COVID-19.
Another employee, who does not work in the prison, has also tested positive.
The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office says that those employees will not work until they are cleared by medical professionals to return.
Any staff member that may have been exposed has been notified. And as of Friday, the employees are being provided with equipment so they can check their temperature on their way in, during their shift, and before they return home.
In-person visitations have been suspended at the prison since March 13. Inmates are being offered four free phone calls of up to 20 minutes every week.
Staff must wear a protective mask during their shift. The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office says that masks are also being provided to any inmate that requests one.
So far, there hasn't been any new cases among inmates at the facility.