Ontario jail closing after 60 inmates, 8 staff test positive for COVID-19

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All inmates at a jail in Brampton, Ont., are being moved to another correctional facility after an outbreak of COVID-19.

The Ministry of the Solicitor General says 60 inmates and eight staff at the Ontario Correctional Institute have tested positive for COVID-19.

The ministry says it is temporarily closing the jail Tuesday and moving the inmates to the Toronto South Detention Centre.

They say the inmates are being moved partially due to the dormitory style living at the jail.

The ministry says the inmates from the Brampton jail will be separated from those at Toronto South.

They say all staff are being asked to self isolate for 14 days and the jail will undergo a deep cleaning.