Middlesex-London Health Unit confirms first case of coronavirus at Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre

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The one new case of the novel coronavirus reported by the Middlesex-London Health Unit (MLHU) on Thursday is the first case involving an inmate at the Elgin-Middlesex Detention Centre (EMDC).

Medical officer of health, Dr. Chris Mackie, said the result comes after a “wave of screening at EMDC.”

“The same as we had in the long-term care sector, where all staff and inmates have been tested or are in the process of being tested for the coronavirus. This individual that tested positive, no other individuals around them have tested positive — yet anyways — and the individual does not have symptoms.”

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Mackie noted that correctional institutions present a number of risks for the spread of the novel coronavirus, including the population density and the fact that many people who are incarcerated “have chronic diseases or other underlying health issues for various reasons.”

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“It’s actually fantastic that they’ve only had this one case very late in the pandemic and it’s quite possible that this case is a false positive as well.”

Still, Mackie says they will continue to work with and support the facility to take all appropriate steps to contain any potential outbreak.

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