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112 infected, no deaths as Mountain Institution COVID-19 outbreak grows

Majority of inmates are at least double-vaccinated
Mountain Institution in Agassiz. (File Photo)

The Mountain Institution COVID-19 outbreak in Agassiz has surpassed 100 positive cases.

Now entering its fourth week, the outbreak has surpassed the December-to-February outbreak at Kent Institution, which saw 99 inmates and at least 18 employees test positive for COVID-19. According to the latest information from Correctional Service Canada (CSC), 65 of the 112 inmates who tested positive for COVID-19 are now considered recovered; 47 active cases remain.

“The health and safety of our employees, inmates, and the public continue to be our top priority,” according to a press release issued April 20. “We are closely monitoring the situation, and measures are in place to minimize spread of the virus within the institution.”

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The first reports of this outbreak appeared on April 4.

There have been no deaths associated with any COVID-19 outbreak in local CSC institutions.

There was a brief outbreak in January this year at Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Lodge, during which 10 inmates were infected with COVID-19. The small outbreak lasted 11 days.

Of the local institutions, Mountain has the highest average vaccine coverage with 84.4 per cent of inmates receiving at least two doses of a COVID-19 vaccination. 68 per cent of inmates have been double-vaccinated and boosted. Both numbers are higher than the provincial average.


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