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Matsqui Institution employee tests positive for COVID-19

FILE -- Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen at LifeLabs after being logged upon receipt at the company's lab, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, March 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

A Matsqui Institution employee has tested positive for COVID-19

The employee is in self-isolation

ABBOTSFORD (NEWS 1130) — An employee who works at Matsqui Institution in Abbotsford has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Correctional Service of Canada.

The employee has been self-isolating at home and has not been on shift since Aug. 31.


“CSC continues to be vigilant in applying infection prevention and control measures, including enhanced cleaning protocols, requiring masks, conducting ongoing education about hygiene and physical distancing,” it says in an email. “CSC also provides health care in its institutions and is active in monitoring for symptoms, conducting COVID-19 testing and contact tracing, as needed.”

The medium-security facility saw infections over the summer as well.

An outbreak at the Mission federal correctional facility saw more than 120 cases and one death. The outbreak had lead to a rally outside the institution in May, as advocates called for urgent care for prisoners across the country.