Vancouver Sun

Three more inmates infected with virus at Mission prison

- TIFFANY CRAWFORD with a file from Kim Bolan

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.”

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