AHS imposes restrictions on Calgary prison staff as COVID-19 outbreak spreads

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Staff at the Calgary Correctional Centre are facing new public-health restrictions as a COVID-19 outbreak at the prison continues to grow.

An order signed by Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw Friday requires all staff members at the prison to only travel from their homes to the prison, making no other public trips.

It’s an approach the province said is necessary in order to limit community spread from the prison outbreak, which is now linked to 69 novel coronavirus infections.

“Under the order, asymptomatic staff, who are otherwise required to self-isolate at home, are permitted to leave their home to work at the Centre,” AHS said in a statement.

“All appropriate personal protective equipment is being provided for staff and infection prevention precautions within the facility are in place.

“Again, this approach is necessary to limit the spread of COVID-19 as much as possible, protecting those who have not already been exposed, while maintaining operations at the Centre.”

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