Three inmates test positive for COVID-19 at Grand Valley Institution in Kitchener

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KITCHENER — Three inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 at Grand Valley Institution for Women in Kitchener.

According to a statement from the Correctional Service of Canada (CSC), COVID-19 tests are being offered to inmates and staff, with employees required to use rapid tests and attest to a negative result as an interim measure.

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

All staff are provided with protective equipment including medical masks, respirators and face shields, and inmates are provided with medical masks and encouraged to wear them when not in their rooms.

All offenders are offered a COVID-19 vaccine; according to the Corrections website, at least 90.7% of Grand Valley inmates have received at least one dose and 89% are considered fully immunized, as of the week ending April 24; 71.5% received a booster dose.

The website says visitors were still allowed in Grand Valley on Monday. Visitors 12 years and older must show proof of full vaccination and all visitors must wear a mask.

A total of 17 positive cases have been confirmed in Grand Valley since the start of the pandemic.

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