Hudson County corrections officer dies from COVID-19, NJ State PBA says

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A Hudson County correctional officer died this week due to complications from COVID-19, according to the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association.

Bernard Wadell, Sr. Facebook photo.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Bernard Waddell Sr., 56, died after contracting the coronavirus, according to a Facebook post from the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association, which represents about 33,000 members statewide.

“The State PBA is sad to announce the passing of Hudson County Correctional Police Officer Bernard Waddell, Sr. Officer Waddell, an officer with 28 of service, passed away after contracting the Coronavirus,” their post says.

“His death is a grim reminder of the risks that our members face every day serving the public in the face of this pandemic. We ask that you keep Officer Waddell’s family and colleagues in your prayers at this difficult time as we mourn his loss.”

Yesterday, a county spokesman said that Waddell had not worked at the jail since March 18th and that he was never tested for COVID-19 through work.

As of Wednesday, there have been 88 coronavirus cases in Kearny, where the county jail is located.

The county announced on March 22nd that the facility would be going on “modified lock down” for 14 days after two inmates tested positive for COVID-19.