A lockdown at the Drumheller Institution has been lifted as an inmate who was exhibiting flu-like symptoms tested negative for COVID 19.
The Medium Security Unit was put on lockdown on Friday, March 27, as a precautionary measure after two inmates showed symptoms consistent with influenza.
After clinical assessment, one inmate was tested for COVID-19 at Drumheller Institution and the result is negative.
Symptomatic individuals are tested if they meet the public health criteria for testing. The local public health authority makes all decisions regarding swabbing. As part of protocols, inmates with symptoms are isolated from the general inmate population as a preventative measure.
At this time, there are no inmate cases of COVID-19 in federal institutions.
To prevent the spread of COVID-19 in its institutions, CSC continues to suspend visits to inmates, all temporary absences unless medically necessary, work releases for offenders, all inter-regional and international transfers of inmates.
CSC remains in close contact with its public health partners and continues to monitor the situation and engage with authorities.