An inmate at a Toronto prison has tested positive for the novel coronavirus, Ontario’s Ministry of the Solicitor General confirmed.
A statement from the ministry sent out Wednesday said that an inmate at the Toronto South Detention Centre tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the statement, the ministry was informed by local public health that the inmate was a possible COVID-19-related case upon admission, and was immediately placed in isolation.
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All infection prevention steps have since been taken by the TSDC, and screening procedures for respiratory illness will continue, the statement continues.
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“The health and safety of our staff and those in our custody is the top priority,” said Brent Ross, a spokesperson for the ministry.
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“We recognize and thank our dedicated staff, who are working hard to keep our correctional facilities and our communities safe.
Ontario reported 100 new cases of COVID-19, along with five more deaths related to the illness earlier on Wednesday.
The new count brings the provincial total to 671 active cases,