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Vaccine Information

How to Stay Informed

We are working closely with the Minnesota Department of Health and the Department of Public Safety to monitor the ongoing COVID-19 (“coronavirus") developments. For up-to-date information, visit the websites of the Minnesota Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Questions, submit them here:

Peer Support Information 

A Message From Your Peer Support Team (PST) Lydia Newlin and Shawn Yurick

Information about Coping with Worry

Children and Families Resources

Staff Screening 

MMB Policy 1446, COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination and Testing, has been rescinded effective Tuesday, May 24. Changes in the pandemic will continue to be monitored, including appearance of new variants, and MMB will respond with updated policies and procedures in the months ahead.

DOC Policy 105.177, Employee Mandatory Testing for COVID-19, remains in effect. In addition, staff are still encouraged to provide proof of vaccination in order for the DOC to implement decisions regarding appropriate safety protocols, use of PPE and implementation of CDC/MDH requirements.

Staff are screened upon entering our facilities, district field offices, and Central Office. The following are the screening questions that all staff and non-staff must answer prior to entry:

1) Within the last 14 calendar days, have you been in close and prolonged physical contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19, or have you been diagnosed with COVID-19?

2) Do you have any of the following symptoms that you cannot attribute to another health condition?

• Cough

• Shortness of breath or difficult breathing

• Headache

• Sore throat

• New loss of taste or smell

• Diarrhea

• Nausea or vomiting

• Congestion or runny nose

3) Do you have a fever greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) or symptoms of a fever such as chills, repeatedly shaking with chills, muscle aches/pain and/or weakness?

Employee answering “Yes” to any questions, immediately report to a designated facility supervisor. If no, individual is clear for purpose of this screening and may enter the facility.

Additional information about the DOC's response to COVID-19

Staff Vaccine Memo (4.25.22)

Mask Update (3.1.22)

COVID-19 Proof of Vaccination and Testing Information (9.8.21)

Mask Guidance Update (8.4.21)

COVID-19 Vaccinations Staff Memo (12.30.20)

Approval process for entering Central Office (10.19.20)

Guidance for school and child care this fall (8.31.20)

Updated Covid-19 Medical Release Process (8.24.20)

Plan for Minnesota's schools and DOC resources (7.31.20)

Executive Order 20-81 on Masks (7.22.20)

Updated Paid COVID-19 Leave policy beginning July 22 (7.16.20)

Update on Staff Testing (5.28.20)

COVID-19 Testing Update (5.21.20)

What the Governor's executive order means for us (5.14.20)

Corrections Employees Week (5.04.20)

Important COVID-19 updates – reassignment, Paid COVID-19 Leave and telework (4.30.20)

DOC update on increased testing, population management strategies (4.24.20)

Reassignment in response to COVID-19 (4.23.20)

Children and Families Resources in COVID-19 Response (4.23.20)

Employee Status Survey Reminder (04.20.20)

Updated Paid COVID-19 Leave Policy and Peer Support 04.14.20

COVID-19 Expanded Work Release Program Memo  (Policy)

Thank you and new requirement to update status regularly 04.09.20

MCF-Moose Lake Implements “Stay with Unit” Plan and Other Measures to Combat Covid-19 (4.8.20)

Face Barrier Memo (4.2.20)

What the Stay-at-Home order means for us and updated Paid COVID-19 Leave Policy (4.1.20)

Update memo to inmates from Commissioner Schnell (3.30.20)

Keeping your family healthy, social distancing, visiting, and inmate assignments (3.26.20)

Additional Resources for Child Care (3.25.20)

COVID-19 Leave Policy Information (3.20.20)

Background on where we are (3.20.20)

Memo to inmates: Latest Information on DOC COVID-19 Response (3.18.20)

Governor's School Closing Order (3.16.20)

Call-in Procedure for Staff (3.16.20) 

Latest information on DOC COVID-19 response (3.15.20)

Purchasing and Time Reporting for COVID-19 (3-15-20)

Supporting state workforce through COVID-19 (3.13.20)

Dept. of Corrections Sets Up Agency Command Post and Implements Other Measures to Address COVID-19 Concerns (3.13.20)

CDC COVID-19 Individual Mitigation Actions (3.13.20)

COVID-19 update (3.12.20)

Message to inmates from Deputy Commissioner Smith (3.11.20)

Health officials confirm third case of COVID (3.10.20)

Public message about DOC response (3.10.20)

Message from Commissioner Schnell about first MN Cases (3.09.20)

Visiting Guidance (3.9.20)

Offender Memo on Coronavirus and Flu (3.6.20)

Message from Safety Director Wayne Niles (3.2.20)

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