Outbreak at Kingston prison now over

The outbreak at Joyceville Institution in northeast Kingston, Ont., is over, the Correctional Service Canada says.

160 inmates at Joceville Institution now recovered, says Correctional Service Canada

An exterior view of Joyceville Institution in Kingston, Ont., Dec. 17, 2020, the day a COVID-19 outbreak affecting dozens of people inside was announced. That outbreak is now over, says the government. (Lars Hagberg/The Canadian Press)

The outbreak at Joyceville Institution in northeast Kingston, Ont., is over, the Correctional Service Canada (CSC) says.

In December, CSC said the medium-security prison was dealing with a serious outbreak that saw dozens of inmates and a handful of staff infected. 

In an emailed update Thursday night, CSC declared the outbreak over and said all 160 Joyceville inmates who tested positive for COVID-19 have now recovered. 

CSC also said there are zero active cases at federal institutions in Ontario. The department also said there have not been any deaths from the illness in any of the institutions.

"While the current situation is certainly a positive step for our correctional institutions, to continue protecting our staff and inmates, we will maintain the rigorous health measures we've implemented," CSC wrote in the update.

CSC says it received help from the Canadian Red Cross at the beginning of the outbreak at Joyceville Institution. 

At the time, inmates and family members issued a press release saying some prisoners didn't have access to N95 masks and face shields, so some were using makeshift curtains to limit the spread of the virus.

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