Canada Saskatoon jail reports 68 offenders positive with COVID-19, halts new intakes

00:10  27 november  2020
00:10  27 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

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REGINA — A jail in Saskatoon is no longer accepting people in custody after 68 of its offenders tested positive for COVID-19.

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Health officials say 72 new cases, which include four staff, of the novel coronavirus have been reported at the Saskatoon Correctional Centre.

There are 85 active cases at the jail.

The province says because of the outbreak, inmates who are on remand or those in sentenced custody will be sent to correctional centres in Regina and Prince Albert.

It says anyone sent to another jail will be tested for COVID-10 on top having to be quarantined for 14 days.

The province recently made it mandatory for offenders to wear masks, which has been the case for staff since the summer.

Saskatchewan today reported 299 new cases of COVID-19, with 108 people in hospital, 18 of them in intensive care.

Three more people, who were 70 or older, have died from the infection, bringing the provincial death toll to 40.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Nov. 26, 2020.

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