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Moose Lake inmate tested positive for COVID-19

Barbed wire surrounds the Moose Lake Correctional Facility. Barbed wire surrounds the Moose Lake Correctional Facility.  |  Photo: WDIO-TV file

Updated: March 30, 2020 06:04 PM

An inmate at the Moose Lake Correctional Facility has tested positive for COVID-19.

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The Minnesota Department of Corrections said the person has mild symptoms and does not require hospitalization. The person is in quarantine. Another COVID-19 test is pending.

A staff member at the Red Wing facility also tested positive over the weekend. 

Commissioner Paul Schnell said his department has been working with the state Department of Health for weeks to prepare for the likelihood that staff and inmates may contract the disease caused by the coronavirus. 

"We continue our efforts to balance public health concerns inside the prisons with the need to offer prosocial therapeutic, educational, recreational and phone visiting activities," Schnell said in a press release.

The Department of Corrections says they are working to maximize social distancing in Minnesota facilities and have closed in-person visiting. The press release said they are also providing additional bars of soap and enhanced handwashing and sanitization stations in their facilities. 

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