Four employees at Drumheller Institution and two employees at Bowden Institution have recently tested positive for COVID-19, and are self-isolating at home.
For privacy reasons, Correctional Service Canada will not disclose their job positions.
There are no reported cases of COVID-19 among inmates at either of the prisons.
“We encourage inmates to get tested and have raised awareness about the process and benefits of getting tested,” the agency said in a statement.
“Mass testing of inmates has been offered to everyone at Bowden and Drumheller institutions.”
The central Alberta prisons are not accepting visitors, out of caution.
“We are limiting comings and going to essential staff and for medical reasons,” said the agency.
“The institutions are operating on a modified routine for health purposes in order to take all measures to protect everyone on site until we have completed our contact tracing and additional testing, as needed.”
Prevention measures are in place at both institutions, it said.
“We continue to actively screen employees entering our institutions, and at Bowden and Drumheller, all employees and inmates are equipped with medical masks and other appropriate personal protective equipment, as needed.”