COVID-19 News

Inmate and 2 staff at Edmonton prison test positive for COVID-19

EDMONTON – One inmate and two staff at Edmonton Institution have tested positive for COVID-19.

Correctional Service Canada (CSC)  says they are closely monitoring the situation and measures are in place to minimize spread of the virus within the institution.

“We are Contact tracing has been completed and testing for COVID-19 is being offered to all inmates and all staff at the institution,” said CSD in a statement to media today.

“CSC is currently using rapid tests to help detect positive cases more quickly and take necessary actions accordingly.”

This is an evolving situation and CSC says it continues to apply infection prevention and control measures to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19 and adapt based on public health advice.

“We continue to actively screen all individuals entering the institution, and decisions regarding access to the site as well as programs and services are being made in consultation with public health authorities,” said CSC.

“All staff and inmates are equipped with medical masks, and we have increased cleaning and disinfecting throughout the site. In addition, all staff are equipped with face shields.”

CSC is working with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), local public health, as well as unions and stakeholders, to take any further steps needed to ensure everyone’s safety.

Edmonton Institution is a men’s maximum security facility located near the Northeast boundary of the city of Edmonton. The rated capacity of Edmonton Institution is 324 inmates. To date, 145 inmates and 199 staff and contractors have been vaccinated.