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COVID-19 outbreak at Mountain Institution in Agassiz grows to 55 cases

The COVID-19 outbreak that started with eight inmates at Mountain Institution has now infected 56 inmates as it enters it approaches its fourth week.

The current outbreak is the second of the year for the Agassiz-area medium security institution, according to Correctional Service Canada. The CSC initially released information about the outbreak last week on Tuesday, Dec. 6.

“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 CSC stated. The control measures include personal protection equipment for staff and inmates as well as enhanced cleaning and disinfecting throughout the facility.

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CSC has been vaccinating inmates since the beginning of last year. 80 per cent of the inmate population throughout B.C. have received at least two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. Kent Institution’s population is 65.5 per cent fully vaccinated, Mountain Institution’s population is 84.3 per cent fully vaccinated, and Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Lodge’s population is listed as 100 per cent fully vaccinated.

As of Wednesday (Dec. 14) morning, there have been 951 cases of COVID-19 across all CSC institutions in B.C. 114 came from Kent Institution, 19 from Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Lodge in Sts’ailes and 193 from Mountain Institution. There have been no deaths associated with local COVID-19 outbreaks.

Three inmates involved in the outbreak are considered recovered as of press time.

adam.louis@ ahobserver.com

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