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After the case was discovered on September 23, the prison was locked out to allow the contract to be researched. The lockdown was lifted on Friday morning.
In a press release on September 24, the ministry said that as of that date, three people detained in the province had tested positive for COVID-19.
“Only one of these cases remains active and, to date, none of the three cases has resulted in subsequent positive cases among staff or others in detention,” the statement said.
Protocols remain in place and continue to evolve, to help keep COVID-19 out of provincial correctional facilities and in the event of infection, contain its spread among inmates and those who support them, he said.
In April, the Fraser Health Authority said in a press release that a staff member working at North Fraser had tested positive for COVID-19.
The health authority said it was following up with everyone who had contact with the staff member and that the health authority’s chief medical officer was confident the risk of public exposure was low. .
Built in 2001, North Fraser is a high security remand center for men and one of the largest provincial correctional facilities in British Columbia. It has around 300 cells.
Officials say that during the pandemic, BC Corrections worked to reduce the number of people in custody and granted temporary absences from prison under certain circumstances. The number of “detainees” rose from 2,200 in mid-March to just over 1,400 in mid-June.