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    Staff member tests positive for COVID-19 at B.C. federal prison


    There has been a second new case of COVID-19 linked to a B.C. federal prison.

    One inmate at the Mountain Institution in Agassiz, who had transferred through the Matsqui Institution, was confirmed to have the novel coronavirus on Thursday.

    On Saturday, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said a staff member has now also tested positive.

    It was not immediately clear which of the two institutions the employee works at.

    Earlier Saturday, the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) said there were early indications no other inmates had been infected.

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    The infected prisoner and 14 other inmates had been isolated for two weeks at the Matsqui prison before being incarcerated in five different institutions.


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    On Saturday, the CSC said the other 14 inmates had all returned negative tests.

    “The inmates will remain in medical isolation for a 14-day period as advised by public health,” said the CSC in a statement.










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    On Thursday, Dr. Henry said the inmate had been “identified early and has very few risky contacts.”


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    Two of the other inmates in the intake batch were also transferred to the Mountain Institution, while the remainder were distributed to the Matsqui, Pacific and Kent Institutions, and Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village.

    The Mountain Institution is the third federal prison in B.C. to record cases of COVID-19.

    A single employee was diagnosed with the disease at the Fraser Valley Institution for Women in Abbotsford. The Mission Institution saw 120 positive cases and one fatality.




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