Covid-19 update for correctional stakeholders: April 1, 2020

This content is a message to Correctional Service Canada's (CSC’s) stakeholders from the Commissioner of CSC.

I am committed to maintaining open and transparent communications with stakeholders and partners during this time. Below is a short update, including where to get information.

This week, I want to point out a number of resources that we have made available so that you can keep up-to-date on Correctional Service of Canada's (CSC) operations during this pandemic. I hope this information will prove useful.

As of this week, there some inmates and CSC staff who have tested positive for COVID-19. The inmates who tested positive are in medical isolation and we are working carefully and closely with public health to prevent any spread.

We have distributed posters, fact sheets and prevention information to institutions, community correction centres, and directly to inmates.

We are maintaining a chart of all COVID-19 tests that have been administered to inmates in federal institutions. The data we are tracking includes test results, as well as any pending results. This is available on CSC’s website and will be updated regularly to reflect new verified data as it becomes available from public health.

I want to share the following placemat, which provides an overview of COVID-19 Preparedness and Plans. This is an evergreen document that will be reviewed and updated regularly to reflect the evolving situation.

A number of helpful infographics from the Public Health Agency have been translated into many languages. Should you wish to use or share them, I urge you to visit their website. This continues to be the official source of information for the Government of Canada. Please consider sharing their resources on your digital platforms to ensure that accurate information is circulated.

Lastly, I am providing regular updates to staff. All of my messages are shared on CSC’s website. I invite you to visit these resources and to reach out to CSC staff should you have any questions.

Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook. It is also important to think of thanking colleagues, correctional workers and other frontline staff that must work during this time. Think of doing some digital or personal kudos for the work they do.

We are all affected by COVID-19 and we are in this together. My thoughts and wishes for a speedy recovery are with anyone who is currently ill. Please do take care, continue taking preventative measures, and stay safe and healthy.

Thanks for your ongoing support.

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