Three more inmates infected with virus at Mission prison
There are three more confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the Mission Institution federal prison.
As of Friday, the Correctional Service of Canada said there are 14 confirmed cases of the virus among inmates, up from 11 cases earlier this week. There are 21 pending tests.
The medium-security prison in the Fraser Valley is under lockdown due to the outbreak, and all of the cases involve inmates, not prison staff.
In the provincial system, B.C. Corrections has identified a single case of an inmate with COVID-19 at the Okanagan Correctional Centre.
Meanwhile, the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers is calling for stricter protective measures in federal prisons. So far, 49 correctional officers across the country have tested positive for COVID -19, all in Quebec and Ontario.
Union spokeswoman Noémi Desrochers said earlier this week that personal protective equipment (PPE), such as masks and gloves, is a huge concern for members. She said the supply of PPE is running low, causing anxiety among prison staff.
Correctional Service of Canada official Martine Rondeau said that inmates with symptoms are being isolated “to prevent the spread of infection.”