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Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge, Sask. inmates test positive for COVID-19

17 inmates at Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge tested positive for COVID-19. THE CANADIAN/Lars Hagberg

The Correctional Service of Canada (CSC) said they are closely monitoring employees and inmates after 17 inmates tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday at Okimaw Ohci Healing Lodge in Saskatchewan.

A statement from corrections noted that none of the inmates at the facility on Nekaneet First Nation currently require acute care or hospitalization.

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“Please note that for privacy reasons, we cannot release details of an individual’s medical conditions; however, we can say there have not been any inmates requiring acute care or hospitalization.”

“Inmates and staff are offered COVID tests routinely and tests are available upon request and/or at the recommendation of health care staff.”

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CSC said staff are being supplied with personal protective gear like medical masks, respirators, and face shields.

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Inmates are offered medical masks, and are being encouraged to wear them when not in their cells.

It added that regularly-scheduled visits might be affected by this, and other options are being offered to inmates to connect with their support networks and families.

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