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Six inmates at Bowden Institution test positive for COVID-19

Correctional Service of Canada says measures are in place to minimize spread of COVID-19 within Bowden Institution after disclosing detection of several cases
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Bowden Institution is a minimum and medium-security facility in Red Deer County. The rated capacity of the institution is 640. File photo/MVP Staff

BOWDEN — Six inmates at Bowden Institution have tested positive for COVID-19, Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) disclosed yesterday.

A CSC news release issued Nov. 2  did not say when those positive tests were obtained.

“We are closely monitoring the situation, and measures are in place to minimize spread of the virus within the institution,” it said. 

“The health and safety of our employees, inmates, and the public continue to be our top priority. COVID-19 testing is being offered to inmates and staff,” it added. 

“This is an evolving situation and we continue to apply and reinforce infection prevention and control measures to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19, and adapt, based on public health advice.”  

The release said all staff at the Bowden Institution are provided with personal protective equipment including gowns, gloves, medical masks, respirators, and face shields when required.  

Also, all inmates are provided with medical masks and are encouraged to wear them at all times when not in their rooms. 

“Enhanced cleaning and disinfecting throughout the site is continuing,” the release added. 

CSC has been vaccinating inmates since January of 2021. All offenders, including new admissions, are being offered the vaccination.  

As part of the ongoing vaccination process, boosters are also being offered.  

“All individuals entering the institution are actively self-evaluating for COVID-19 symptoms and decisions regarding access to the site as well as programs and services are made in consideration of public health advice. Regularly scheduled visits may be affected,” the release said. 

“We are committed to reducing the risks of COVID-19 in all of our operations.  

“We will continue to work 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.” 

The Albertan reached out to the CSC for further comment. No reply had been received by press time.