Information about COVID-19 at Bowden Institution
Correctional Service Canada (CSC) advises that 15 inmates and 10 staff members tested positive for COVID-19 at Bowden Institution, located near Bowden, Alberta. We are closely monitoring the situation and measures are in place to minimize spread of the virus within the institution.
Contact tracing has been completed and testing for COVID-19 is being offered to all inmates and all staff at 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 number 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.
In addition, CSC is currently rolling out the second phase of its vaccination strategy and has offered COVID-19 vaccines to inmates and employees at 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 continue to work with the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), local public health, as well as unions and stakeholders, to take any further steps needed to ensure everyone's safety.
Bowden Institution is a clustered facility with separate minimum and medium-security units located near the communities of Bowden and Innisfail in Alberta. The medium-security unit has a rated capacity of 470 inmates and the minimum-security unit has a rated capacity of 130 inmates.
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.
Due to the fact that family visits are temporarily suspended at Bowden 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.
The most recent vaccination clinics at Bowden Institution took place between April 22 and April 28. In January, 600 older, medically vulnerable inmates were vaccinated across the country during phase one of CSC’s vaccine rollout.
Media Relations, Prairie Region
Correctional Service Canada
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