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Inmate tests positive for COVID at Lethbridge Correctional Centre

June 4, 2020

Bridge City News has learned that there is a case of COVID-19 at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre.

Alberta Health Services has confirmed that it is an inmate and that the individual was tested upon being admitted to the jail on May 30.

Following the positive test result, they were moved into medical isolation and did not spend time in the centre's general population.

AHS has completed contact tracing for the case. There is currently no evidence of transmission of COVID-19 at the centre.

Many steps are being taking to prevent/reduce transmission within all Correctional Centres including the following:

·         Temporary Suspension of institutional visits.

·         Decreased congregate activities and programs  

·         Minimized institutional movement wherever possible.

·         Enhanced cleaning procedures.

·         Removal of inmates from food preparation duties.

·         Ongoing education on hand hygiene, physical distancing and other protective measures.

·         Ongoing screening and isolation of inmates as needed.

·         Implementation of continuous masking for Healthcare and Corrections staff members.

·         Pre-shift staff screening for all Correctional Services staff and AHS staff.

In addition to the above, where possible, centres are quarantining new admissions for 14 days upon entry. This added measure allows for increased monitoring of new admissions for the development of symptoms before moving them onto other living units.

Any inmate who develops symptoms while in quarantine is moved to isolation. All centres have processes for isolation when an inmate develops symptoms and there are specific processes and procedures to follow.

Signage and education and other forms of information have been made available, posted, and shared with staff, inmates and patients.

Education is occurring for inmates regarding COVID-19 including prevention measures and social distancing.