A tenth inmate in Minnesota's prison system has died after testing positive for COVID-19.
The 57-year-old man died Friday, with the Department of Corrections saying the man died at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis after recently being diagnosed with COVID-19 at the prison in Faribault.
The man's identity has not been released.
"On behalf of the Department of Corrections, I extend our deepest condolences to the family of this man,” said Commissioner Paul Schnell, in a statement. “This man’s death is yet another reminder that even as we begin vaccine distribution in our state, we must maintain vigilance to prevent further spread of COVID-related disease. Our agency will continue our efforts to prevent spread in our facilities."
Three other inmates of Minnesota's prison system are currently hospitalized and in critical condition with COVD-related illness, the DOC says.
According to the DOC's COVID-19 dashboard, which was most recently updated on Jan. 7, there were 413 active cases of COVID-19 among inmates around the state while 3,365 inmates who tested positive have recovered. Here's how many incarcerated individuals have tested positive since the March.
- Faribault: 1,102 cases
- Lino Lakes: 351
- Moose Lake: 189
- Oak Park Heights: 98
- Rush City: 214
- St. Cloud: 747
- Shakopee: 17
- Stillwater: 975
- Togo (Cook, MN): 8
- Willow River: 83
A further 963 Department of Corrections employees have tested positive for COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic.
The DOC is vaccinating eligible healthcare staff and inmates who are most vulnerable to the disease who are in long-term care facilities, as is defined by state and federal health officials.
The measures the DOC has taken to help limit the spread of COVID-19 in its prisons includes testing all inmates and staff, requiring masks, implementing a "stay with unit" plan so inmates only spend time with those in their living units, and installing handwashing stations.