Update 5.26pm August 30
All jails across NSW are now in lockdown as a COVID-19 precaution.
A Corrective Services spokeswoman said:
"For the past 18 months, Corrective Services NSW has effectively managed COVID-19 risks and prevented transmission of the virus between inmates and staff in NSW prisons.
But like hospitals, schools, aged care facilities and police stations and with the significant number of cases in the community, and the transmissibility of the Delta strain, COVID-19 has now entered our correctional system.
All NSW prisons are continuing to take extra precautions after inmates, who may have been exposed to the virus, were recently transferred out of Parklea Correctional Centre.
We are introducing rapid antigen screening across the state for staff and inmates to boost our frontline defences.
The safety of all staff and inmates is our number one priority while we continue to follow the expert advice of NSW Health and Justice Health in our decision-making processes."
With inmates arriving from around the state on a regular basis, COVID-19 precautions at Goulburn Correctional Centre are vital.
Recently, six staff members tested positive at Bathurst Correctional Centre and the facility was placed into lockdown.
A Corrective Services NSW spokeswoman said the safety of staff and inmates was the "number one priority", and would remain at the forefront of the decision-making process while COVID-19 posed a risk.
Goulburn jail is working with the Justice Health and Forensic Mental Health Network to implement the following precautions:
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