April 8, 2020 – Mission, British Columbia – Correctional Service Canada
A lockdown is in place in the medium security unit at Mission Institution as a precautionary measure after some inmates showed symptoms consistent with influenza, and tested positive for COVID-19.
We are closely and carefully following direction from public health officials, while following strict protocols to avoid further spread in the institution.
In addition to a number of measures implemented across the country in all of our institutions, Mission Institution has implemented enhanced cleaning, as well as twice-daily checks of symptomatic inmates (more often as necessary, dependent on medical requirements) and once-daily checks of asymptomatic inmates by nursing staff. Meals are brought to inmates’ cells and a hygiene routine has been implemented to mitigate risk to the offender population.
The health and safety of our employees, offenders and the public is our top priority. We continue to take preventive measures, and assess and test any offenders as required.
CSC remains in close contact with its public health partners and continues to plan, monitor and engage with authorities during this time.