Information about COVID-19 at Archambault Institution

News release

February 17, 2021 – Laval, Quebec – Correctional Service Canada

Correctional Service Canada (CSC) advises that 30 inmates recently tested positive for COVID-19 at the minimum-security unit of Archambault Institution in Quebec. We are closely monitoring the situation and measures are in place to minimize spread of the virus within the institution.

Contact tracing is underway and testing for COVID-19 is being offered to all inmates and all staff at the minimum-security unit of the institution. CSC is currently using rapid tests to help detect positive cases more quickly and take necessary actions accordingly. Inmate testing numbers are updated daily from Monday to Friday and available on our website. The numbers of active cases currently reported for this institution may change as more testing is conducted and laboratory-confirmed results are available.

This is an evolving situation and we continue to apply infection prevention and control measures to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19, and adapt based on public health advice. We continue to actively screen all individuals entering the institution and decisions regarding access to the site as well as programs and services are being made in consultation with public health authorities. All staff and inmates are equipped with medical masks, and we have increased cleaning and disinfecting throughout the site.

We are committed to reducing the risks of COVID-19 in all of our operations and keeping our employees, inmates and the public safe. We will continue to work with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), local public health, the Canadian Red Cross as well as unions and stakeholders, to take any further steps needed to ensure everyone's safety.

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Quick facts

  • Archambault Institution is a medium and minimum-security facility, located in Sainte-Anne-des-Plaines, Quebec.

  • The minimum-security unit, where the positive cases have been identified, has a capacity of 215 offenders. There are currently no confirmed cases at the medium security unit.

  • At this time, there are no staff working at Archambault minimum who have tested positive as part of this recent outbreak.

  • Due to the fact that family visits are temporarily suspended at Archambault Institution, other options are available to inmates to connect with their family and support networks such as video visitation or telephone.

  • CSC provides its own health care to inmates and has dedicated health care professionals in its institutions, including nurses and physicians, who closely monitor the health of inmates. CSC is also equipped to conduct its own testing and is working in close collaboration with its public health partners.

  • When employees become symptomatic or test positive for COVID-19, they are required to contact local public health and self-isolate at home until cleared to return to work. 

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Contacts

Media Relations, Quebec Region
Correctional Service Canada
Media.GEN-QUE@CSC-SCC.GC.CA

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