Thirteen inmates at the medium-security unit of Mission Institution have tested positive for COVID-19, according to a press release from the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC).
“The health and safety of our employees, inmates, and the public continue to be our top priority. We are closely monitoring the situation, and measures are in place to minimize spread of the virus within the institution,” the release states.
It goes on to say COVID-19 testing is being offered to inmates and staff. The number of inmate active cases currently reported for this institution are based on either rapid tests or PCR tests. The number may change as more testing is conducted and laboratory-confirmed results are available.
The release goes on to say “this is an evolving situation and we continue to apply and reinforce infection prevention and control measures to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19, and adapt based on public health advice. All staff are provided with appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) including medical masks, respirators, and face shields when required. All inmates are provided medical masks and are encouraged to wear them at all times when not in their cells.”
Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting throughout the site is continuing.
CSC has been vaccinating inmates since January 2021. All offenders, including new admissions to CSC, are being offered the vaccination at all institutions. As part of the ongoing vaccination process, boosters are also being offered.
In-person visits are temporarily suspended in Units LU1 and LU6 at the medium-security unit of Mission Institution. Visits to all other units are not impacted. During this time, other options are available to inmates to connect with their family and support networks.