First inmate at Edmonton remand center obtains positive results for COVID-19

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Amanda Hart-Dowhun, a lawyer from Edmonton who is president of the Alberta Prison Justice Society, expressed concern about the news of the Edmonton case.

“I am concerned for everyone in the pre-trial detention center, both the staff and the detainees,” she said.

She is also concerned “about whether this (case) will remain an isolated incident”.

Protocols questioned

Williamson said the inmate who fell ill had no symptoms when he was admitted on June 30. A test carried out by AHS upon admission returned negative.

The detainee was quarantined for 14 days and checked daily by health officials, said Williamson.

While still in quarantine, the inmate developed symptoms, after which he was placed in segregation and retested, said Williamson. The test came back positive on Wednesday and the detainee remains isolated.

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