PORT-CARTIER | A correctional officer in the maximum-security penitentiary in Port-Cartier, in Côte-Nord, is reached from the COVID-19, learned VAT News on Thursday.
Correctional Service Canada has confirmed that this employee is in isolation in his home and follows the instructions of containment.
The management of the institution has informed on Wednesday night that the employees who had been in close contact with the infected person. They are called to be attentive to the appearance of symptoms of the COVID-19.
This situation has led to the confinement of prisoners in their cells on Wednesday night. This solitary confinement was imposed in the pending directives of the authorities of the public health.
The transfer of an inmate from Quebec, Sept-Îles, which was to take place Thursday, has been cancelled.
The Union of correctional officers has confirmed that the person is a member. “The Union of Canadian correctional officers will monitor the situation very closely to ensure that its members are protected, have access to the necessary equipment, and that the directives of the authorities of the public health are met, one can read in a written statement sent to TVA Nouvelles. Our first priority is the health and safety of our members.”
Correctional Service Canada has indicated that it has a contingency plan in each of its operational units to intervene in a crisis situation and to manage health emergencies.
Measures have also been taken to clean the property.
Visits to detainees were suspended in all schools in Canada. The leaves of output are also suspended, except if they are deemed necessary for reasons of health.
Correctional Service Canada has added that there is no case of an inmate who had contracted the COVID-19 in its institutions.