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Ten more inmates from Mission Institution test positive for COVID

Last Updated Apr 12, 2020 at 8:44 am PDT

FILE - Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen in Surrey, B.C., on March 26, 2020. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

A COVID-19 outbreak at a prison in Mission continues to worsen each day

Ten more inmates at Mission Institution have now tested positive for the virus as of Sunday morning

Dr. Bonnie Henry said the outbreak at the prison was only identified after a number of people had already been infected

MISSION (NEWS 1130) — The number of inmates who have tested positive for COVID-19 at a prison in Mission continues to rise.

Thirty-five inmates at Mission Institution have the virus as of Sunday morning, which is up from 25 Saturday.

Four Correctional Officers working at the prison have also tested positive so far.

And out of the 54 inmates tested so far, only six have been negative for the virus, while another 13 are still waiting for test results.

The prison has a capacity of 216, and as of Sunday, 16% of inmates at the prison now have the virus.

Mission is the only federal prison in B.C where guards have been confirmed to have the virus, although more than 50 cases have been recorded at three facilities in Quebec and one at an institution in Ontario.

Earlier this week, an infectious disease doctor warned of an “explosive outbreak” at Mission Institution if more wasn’t done to contain the virus.

On Saturday, B.C.’s top doctor Bonnie Henry said five of the inmates were being hospitalized.

She added the province is working closely with federal counterparts to deal with a COVID-19 outbreak at the Mission federal prison.

With files from Nikitha Martins, Mike Hall and Kelvin Gawley