COVID-19 cases rise to 8 at Moose Lake prison

The cases continue to rise after three more positive tests.
MCF Moose Lake

The number of coronavirus cases at Moose Lake prison in Minnesota now stands at eight after three more positive tests.

The Department of Corrections confirmed the increase at MCF-Moose Lake, with three more inmates confirmed as having COVID-19 on Friday.

Four inmates and a staff member at the prison, just off of I-35 southwest of Duluth, had already been diagnosed with the coronavirus. The first COVID-19 case at Moose Lake was confirmed in an inmate earlier this week, and the six inmates who were subsequently diagnosed had all been in close contact with him.

They are the only cases so far in Minnesota's adult prison population. A staff member at MCF-Red Wing juvenile detention center has also tested positive.

In total, 32 Minnesota prison inmates have been tested for COVID-19, with 21 negative, seven positive, and four tests pending. One of those pending tests is in another inmate at Moose Lake.

The Minnesota Department of Health has said it's working closely with the DOC and leadership at Moose Lake to ensure those with symptoms are isolated to prevent further spread.

MCF-Moose Lake is a medium security facility housing more than 1,000 male inmates.

So far, the majority of outbreaks in congregate living settings have occurred in nursing homes, with 47 outbreaks in such facilities reported as of Thursday.

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