Three more in­mates in­fected with virus at Mis­sion pri­son

Vancouver Sun - - CITY - TIFFANY CRAW­FORD with a file from Kim Bolan ticraw­ford@post­media.com

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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