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 corrections staff member has now also tested positive.

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

The union representing Canadian correctional officers said Saturday that one of its members, who works at the Kent Institution in Agassiz, tested positive for the virus on Thursday.

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

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

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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