Drumheller Institution COVID-19 cases double

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On Friday, October 30, The Drumheller Mail reported a total of three employees at the Drumheller Institution had tested positive for COVID-19.

Since then, the number of positive cases among staff at the institution has more than doubled.

“As of Friday, November 6, a total of seven employees who work at Drumheller Institution have tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic,” said a statement from a media correspondent from Correctional Service Canada (CSC).

At this time there are no positive cases of COVID-19 among inmates and mass testing has been offered. Of the seven employees who tested positive, one has now recovered and the remaining six are currently in self-isolation.

The statement from CSC added the Drumheller Institution is working closely with Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the public health authority and has contacted staff to arrange testing, and an outbreak has been declared at the institution. Outbreaks are declared in prisons and correctional facilities, according to the Government of Alberta website, when there are five or more cases.

As of Friday, November 6 there were a total of 6,822 active cases in the province with 727 new cases identified on November 8.

Currently, Kneehill County is on watch status with 12 active cases; Starland County has one active case, Drumheller has two, and Wheatland County has seven.

Lacie Nairn, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Drumheller Mail