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Worker at Toronto jail in hospital after testing positive for COVID-19: union

Employee returned from trip to Europe and worked before self-isolation

March 20, 2020
The Canadian Press

TORONTO — The union representing Ontario’s correctional workers says an employee at a Toronto jail has tested positive for COVID-19.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union says a male worker at the Toronto South Detention Centre is being treated in hospital for the virus.

The union’s president, Warren (Smokey) Thomas, says the employee returned from a trip to Europe before public health officials recommended two weeks of self-isolation after travel.

Thomas says the employee went back to work but voluntarily went into self-isolation when the public health guidelines changed.

He says three other staff members who came in contact with the employee were sent home to self-isolate.

This is the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus involving an Ontario jail.