COVID-19 cases totaling nearly three dozen have been identified at a Scarborough jail, prompting Toronto Public Health to declare an outbreak.
The Ministry of the Solicitor General confirmed to CTV Toronto on Thursday that the Toronto East Detention Centre, located near Warden Avenue and Eglinton Avenue East, has 34 ongoing inmate cases.
The ministry did not disclose any additional information regarding the epidemic, but in a statement, a spokesman noted that “each hospital has its own pandemic plan in place, prepared in consultation with local public health partners.”
“The debate will continue to evolve in Ontario and across the country, as a number of other governments have yet to declare a holiday.According to provincial data, the correctional facility began reporting new cases on the week of Sept. 12 with four confirmed infections. The outbreak grew to 17 cases last week .
And on Monday, 17 more inmates were confirmed to have COVID-19, bringing the total cases at the facility to 34.
Before the outbreak, there had been 43 inmate cases at Toronto East Detention Centre since May 2020.
As of Monday, two other correctional facilities in the province, Hamilton Wentworth Detention Centre and Toronto South Detention Centre, have confirmed COVID-19 cases with one each.