Fraser Health president and CEO Dr. Victoria Lee said she believed the testing would include non-corrections staff such as maintenance workers.
“We are very keen to ensure we limit the spread on site as well as limit transmission in our community,” said Lee.
The federal institution is the site of the worst COVID-19 outbreak in a Canadian prison, with at least 64 inmates and 11 staff at the medium security wing positive for the virus.
One inmate has also died due to what the Corrections Service of Canada (CSC) believes were COVID-19 complications.
As of April 16, the CSC said there were 298 inmates at the prison’s medium security site and 132 inmates at its minimum security site.
As of Wednesday morning, the CSC said 105 tests had been conducted at the medium security site and two tests had been performed at the minimum security site.
Lee said the prison remains in the jurisdiction of the federal government, but that Fraser Health had offered support in the form of testing, nurses and infection control specialists.
She said the health authority had also issued recommendations on cleaning, testing, cohorting of inmates and follow-ups with recently-released inmates.
At least one staff member at the federally-operated Fraser Valley Institution for Women has tested positive for the virus, as has a staff member at the provincially-operated North Fraser Pretrial Centre.
A single case of COVID-19 at the provincially operated Okanagan Correctional Centre has been declared resolved.
Global News has requested comment on the enhanced testing from the CSC.
-With files from Srushti GangdevView link »