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Moose Lake Star-Gazette 

COVID-19 cases in corrections facilities continue to climb


April 30, 2020

The number of confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in Carlton County has climbed to 53, with over half of those cases coming from the Department of Corrections (DOC) facility in Moose Lake.

According to the DOC, 29 patients at the facility have tested positive, 34 negative, 10 still pending, and 31 presumed positive.

The Moose Lake facility is a medium-security facility with over 1,000 male offenders.

In Pine County, the number of positive cases jumped from 12 last week to 56 this week. According to Minnesota Department of Corrections reports, at least 45 of those positive cases come from the DOC facility in Willow River. Seven more cases are presumed positive.

The Willow River facility is a minimum security boot camp program with just over 140 offenders currently.

No deaths related to COVID-19 have yet been reported in Carlton or Pine County.

Those with questions can email

Minnesota hotline numbers

• For health questions call 800-657-3903 or 651-201-3920 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week.

• Housing questions: For single-family residences call 651-296-8215; for multi-family residences call 651-297-4455 from Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• For school and childcare questions call 651-297-1304 or 800-657-3504 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. seven days a week

• For the discrimination helpline call 833-454-0148.

• To report a concern about the stay at home order call 651-793-3746.


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