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Correctional Centre managing COVID-19 outbreak says OPSEU/SEFPO president

The union representing the nearly 120 correctional officers at the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre says few inmates are showing symptoms of COVID-19 and the staff infection rate remains low.

“When you look at it, we are approximately 94 per cent inmate infection rate, but about three to four per cent staff rate,” said Shawn Bradshaw, president of OPSEU/SEFPO Local 708 for the Thunder Bay Correctional Centre.

“I encourage the inmates to wear their PPE and be cautious but also the staff to continue to do what we are doing. Clearly, we are doing something right. If anything can be taken from this, exercising proper PPE is being effective,” he said.