2 inmates at maximum-security prison test positive for COVID-19: officials

Public health officials say two inmates at a maximum-security prison in Quebec have tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

In a press release issued Monday, Correctional Services of Canada said two inmates at Port-Cartier Institution in Quebec have tested positive.

“These are the first confirmed cases related to inmates in a federal correctional institution,” the release reads.

According to the release, before the inmates were diagnosed, nine employees who work at the same institution also tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the virus.

“All of these employees are in isolation at home and are following direction from local health officials,” the release reads. “As soon as a positive result was reported for one employee last week, additional people were tested based on public health contact tracing, which led to the early detection of these other cases.”

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The two inmates are being medically isolated from the general inmate population, and the institution has been on lockdown as a precautionary measure.

“We are closely and carefully following direction from public health officials and monitoring these inmates while following strict protocols to avoid further spread,” the release said. “We have dedicated health care in our institutions with nurses and doctors on hand to monitor and assess any inmates who develop symptoms.”

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