Thunder Bay District Jail COVID Outbreak Rises Dramatically

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There are now 15 positive cases at Thunder Bay Jail and Correctional Center

THUNDER BAY – A COVID-19 outbreak at the Thunder Bay District Jail escalated Tuesday night to include 13 inmates.
The virus was first diagnosed in an inmate on January 5.

A day later, after a second prisoner tested positive, the Thunder Bay District Health Unit declared an outbreak at both the prison and the Thunder Bay Correctional Center, where the two inmates had been transferred. .

On January 10, it was learned that two other inmates at the prison had been found to be carrying the virus.

Following further contact tracing and voluntary testing of other inmates and correctional staff, the Ministry of the Solicitor General revealed on Tuesday evening that there were now a total of 13 positive cases involving inmates at the prison of MacDougall Street, as well as the two cases at the Correctional Center on Route 61.

Inmates with COVID-19 are in isolation while receiving medical treatment.

The entire prison also remains locked out, affecting inmate schedules, visits and time spent in the yard.

In a statement, a ministry spokesperson said they “continue to receive clothing swaps and access to doctors and psychiatrists” through Telehealth Ontario.

Detainees continue to have access to showers and telephones.

The spokesperson said the ministry is still working with TBDHU to complete contact tracing and testing.

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