A pair of inmates at Bowden Institution have tested positive for COVID-19.
In a news release Thursday, Correctional Services Canada advised that the inmates are being medically isolated and closely monitored by staff. They are the first two COVID-19 cases recorded among inmates at Bowden. In November, two employees tested positive for the virus.
CSC also said contract tracing is underway and COVID-19 testing has been completed for inmates who live on the same range as the positive cases. All results were negative.
There are approximately 470 inmates in the medium-security unit where the positive cases were identified.
As of Friday, there were no active COVID-19 cases among staff at the prison.
“Visits to the institution continue to be suspended to limit potential exposure for staff and offenders. Decisions regarding access to the site as well as programs and services are being made in close consultation with public health authorities,” CSC said in a release.
“We are monitoring this situation closely and continue to apply infection prevention and control measures to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19. We continue to actively screen employees entering the institution, all employees and inmates are equipped with medical masks, and we have increased cleaning and disinfecting throughout the site.”
Of the 19,865 total COVID-19 tests by CSC across Canada, there have been 1,222 positive cases among inmates. In Alberta, there have been 46 positive tests, on 3,038 total tests.