A COVID-19 outbreak at the Brockville jail forced the facility to be temporarily closed, with all inmates transferred to Lindsay and new admissions redirected to Ottawa.

Inmates from the Brockville jail have been moved off the premises this week due to a COVID-19 outbreak that has infected at least two people.

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According to the attorney general’s office, the inmates will be transferred to the larger Central East Correctional Center in Lindsay, Ontario, where they will undergo testing and a 14-day quarantine.

“The transfer of inmates from the Brockville Jail will help reduce the potential spread of the virus among inmates and facility staff while the facility undergoes a deep cleaning,” the attorney general’s office said in a statement. to Global News.

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Brockville Jail has a capacity of 44 inmates and is the oldest operating jail in Ontario.

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The attorney general’s office adds that any new admission that may have come to Brockville will be redirected to the Ottawa-Carleton Detention Center for at least the next two weeks.

“The ministry is supporting its public health partners by testing all inmates and staff to complete contact tracing and determining if there are additional testing and isolation requirements for high-risk close contacts,” the office added.

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Leeds-Grenville-Lanark Public Health confirms the outbreak in its COVID-19 outbreak report, citing two cases in connection with the facility.

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