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Guards Sickened by Staph Infection in Rockingham County Jail

July 30, 2007

A drug-resistant staphylococcus infection is sickening guards and prisoners alike in the Rockingham County jail. Guard union president Ken McCarron says all the sick inmates can't be housed in the jail infirmary because two of its three rooms are filled with storage cabinets. And that puts guards and prisoners at risk of catching the disease.

"They're not protecting their officers and they're not protecting other inmates who have it. As far as I know at other facilities, they'll house these inmates in a medical unit and sometimes they even send them out to hospitals."

Guards and officials plan a meeting tomorrow to discuss health and safety concerns. McCarron feels one priority is following guidelines prescribed by the federal bureau of prisons. Currently, guards are even buying their own hand sanitizer to try to ward off infection. The guards are members of the Service Employees International Union local 1984.

Prison officials also say it would cost too much to guard the infirmary but McCarron argues that sick time for guards who have caught the infection is already costing more.

"They call it a staffing issue because they would have to have a correctional officer in the infirmary any time that the nurses aren't there. They're spending more in overtime covering the people that are out with it than you are covering the people in the infirmary."

John Robinson/Eric Mack, Public News Service - NH