Inmate at Calgary Remand Centre tests positive for COVID-19: Hinshaw

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health confirmed Friday that an inmate at the Calgary Remand Centre has tested positive for COVID-19.

“This is in someone newly admitted who was exposed before they arrived,” Dr. Deena Hinshaw said.

She said it marks the first confirmed COVID-19 case at any correctional facility in Alberta.

“The individual was admitted directly into the quarantine unit of the facility upon arrival,” Hinshaw said. “He did not report any symptoms upon arrival, and was quarantined with one cellmate who was quarantined at the same time and who also had no symptoms.

“The individual reported feeling unwell the following evening, at which time both he and his cellmate were placed in isolation and the symptomatic individual was swabbed.”

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Hinshaw said all inmates at the facility are assessed for exposure and symptoms when they are newly admitted there or transferred from another facility, “as well as, at a minimum, once per day at the centre.”

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