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By Bethany Helwig
Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

Moose Lake DOC inmate tests positive for COVID-19


An inmate at the Moose Lake Department of Corrections (DOC) facility is the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Carlton County.

According to a press release from the DOC, over the past weekend one inmate at MCF-Moose Lake as well as a staff member from MCF-Red Wing tested positive for the novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

“We have been working directly with epidemiology staff from the Department of Health for several weeks to plan for the known likelihood of staff and inmate cases of COVID-19,” Commissioner Schnell said. “We are taking all reasonable steps to minimize the spread with the state’s correctional facilities, and we are implementing methods to protect those most at risk medically.”

In-person visiting continues to be suspended at all DOC facilities at this time. New intake processes have been implemented to protect staff and the inmate population from a possible spread of coronavirus, and the DOC has waived medical copays to ensure there are no obstacles for inmate’s seeking medical care for flu-like symptoms.


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