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Worker at Toronto jail in hospital being tested for COVID-19, union says

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TORONTO – The union representing Ontario’s correctional workers says an employee at a Toronto jail is being tested for COVID-19.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union says a male worker at the Toronto South Detention Centre is in hospital as he awaits results.

The union’s president, Warren (Smokey) Thomas, says the employee returned from a trip to Europe before public health officials recommended two weeks of self-isolation after travel.

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Thomas says the employee went back to work but voluntarily went into self-isolation when the public health guidelines changed.

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He says three other staff members who came in contact with the employee were sent home to self-isolate.

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