Coronavirus Canada Updates: More than a quarter of inmates at Calgary jail infected

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Coronavirus Canada: Alberta health officials to provide live COVID-19 update this afternoon
Coronavirus Canada: Alberta health officials to provide live COVID-19 update this afternoon

COVID-19 infection rates at a Calgary jail exploded Friday as Alberta recorded record-breaking case counts for a third-straight day.

Alberta Health Services confirmed 50 inmates and five correctional peace officers have now been infected at the Calgary Correctional Centre, in the northwest outskirts of the city. It’s a considerable uptick in cases from Thursday, when 24 inmates and four staff had tested positive for the virus.

Though the jail has the capacity for 427 inmates, there are currently only 175 at the facility. That means more than a quarter of inmates have been infected as a result of the outbreak.

“Isolation and monitoring of the positive cases is underway as per Public Health direction. All inmates and staff are being tested for COVID-19,” AHS said in a statement.

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