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Link to Updates for Staff

Link to Updates for Families

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Completed Air Quality Studies

Faribault
Lino Lakes
Moose Lake
Red Wing
Rush City
Oak Park Heights
Shakopee
St. Cloud
Stillwater
Willow River 

COVID-19 Testing in DOC Correctional Facilities

The DOC is following the Minnesota Department of Health testing guidelines for monitoring, isolation/quarantine, and testing of the people incarcerated in our facilities. However, we are not waiting for positive test results to take appropriate precautions. If an incarcerated person exhibits symptoms consistent with COVID-19, we follow MDH guidance for how our health care and other staff use PPE and interact with those individuals, how to isolate and quarantine them, and how to protect the health of everyone involved.

In May 2020, we started a process of testing all inmates for COVID-19. Currently, comprehensive testing is performed when 1 or more cases is detected at a facility, and/or when community rates are concerning. We are also conducting comprehensive testing of facility staff. In the testing data in the charts above, we also include self-reported positive cases from staff who were tested in the community or by their personal health care provider.

News Releases:

Death of COVID-19 Positive Man from MCF-Faribault Reported by Minnesota Department of Corrections - January 8, 2021

Death of COVID-19 Positive Man from MCF-Faribault Reported by Minnesota Department of Corrections - December 19

Death of COVID-19 Positive Men from MCF-Faribault and Moose Lake Reported by Minnesota Department of Corrections - December 11

Death of COVID-19 Positive Man from MCF-Faribault Reported by Minnesota Department of Corrections - December 4

Death of COVID-19 Positive Man from Minnesota Correctional Facility-Rush City Reported by Minnesota Department of Corrections - November 29

Death of COVID-19 Positive Man Incarcerated at MCF-Oak Park Heights Reported by Minnesota Department of Corrections - November 23

Death of COVID-19 Positive Man Incarcerated at MCF-Stillwater Reported by Minnesota Department of Corrections - November 1

Second Death of COVID-19 Positive Man Incarcerated at MCF-Faribault Reported by Minnesota Department of Corrections - June 27

Death of COVID-19 Positive Man Incarcerated at MCF-Faribault Reported by Minnesota Department of Corrections - June 25

Facility-by-Facility Measures to Combat COVID-19

Each facility has implemented detailed plans, in collaboration with the Department of Health, around CDC protocols for the prevention and management of COVID-19 infection within correctional institutions. Each facility has implemented a number of measures to minimize the impact of COVID-19 in Minnesota’s correctional facilities. Click on each facility below to learn more. 

For information about in-person visiting, please read our visiting page to learn about how visiting is being conducted at our facilities.

Faribault

Lino Lakes

Moose Lake

Oak Park Heights

Red Wing

Rush City

Shakopee

St. Cloud

Stillwater

Togo

Willow River

COVID-19 and Visiting

For specific information regarding in-person visiting procedures, visit: https://mn.gov/doc/family-visitor/visiting-information/

We are working closely with the Minnesota Department of Health and the Department of Public Safety to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 (“coronavirus”) developments. 

While many COVID-19 cases seem to be mild to moderate with symptoms similar to colds and flu, some cases may be more severe. People who think they may have been exposed to COVID-19 should contact their healthcare provider before going into the clinic. Share with them your symptoms or other information about potential COVID-19 exposure.

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