A new COVID-19 outbreak at the Sherbrooke detention center

A new COVID-19 closure at the Sherbrooke detention center

MISE & Agrave; DAY

For the second time in two months, the Sherbrooke detention center in Estrie is grappling with an outbreak of COVID-19 cases.

On the 218 inmates, 13 are infected with the virus and three employees also contracted the virus.

A series of measures were then put in place to curb the spread. Among other things, prisoners will have to remain isolated in their cells, while transfers of detainees to other centers will be interrupted and prisoners' activities will be suspended.

According to the president of the Union of peace officers in correctional services of Quebec, Mathieu Lavoie, the visit of an inmate in a hospital environment would be at the origin of this outbreak.

“What we understands, it is that there was a medical escort in the medical clinic or in the hospital, there was contagion at that time and it was brought back inside the walls ”, was t he explained.

The transfer of an infected inmate from the Rivière-des-Prairies detention center was believed to have been the source of the outbreak last October.

The union would like prisoners to be forced to leave. isolate when they leave the institution and come back, for whatever reason, especially with the closeness that exists between them and correctional officers.

“We cannot live with outbreaks by- above outbreaks, ”admitted Mathieu Lavoie.

“We don't have an 'I contribute' line like in health so when there are affected rosters, it's more extra time for the other roster. More compulsory overtime and clearly now the agents are running out of steam, ”he added.

A problematic epidemiological situation in Estrie

With the number of COVID-19 cases exploding across Quebec, the situation in recent days in Estrie is such that the capacity of screening centers and laboratories has been reached.

In point of Press Tuesday, the regional public health director even asked people with symptoms of COVID-19 to take a rapid test if they have access to it.

If the result is positive, it doesn’t It is no longer necessary to have this result confirmed at a screening center. They just need to isolate themselves and inform people with whom they have had close contact.

For those who don't have access to rapid tests, they need to make an appointment to get tested. A delay of five to seven days is currently recorded.

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