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Man becomes 9th Minnesota prison inmate to die from COVID-19

The 70-year-old died Saturday morning.
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MCF Faribault

A 70-year-old man has become the 9th person to die with COVID-19 at a Minnesota prison since the pandemic started.

The man, who incarcerated at MCF-Faribault, died early Saturday morning at District One Hospital. He had recently tested positive for COVID-19.

Of the nine deaths in Minnesota DOC facilities, five have happened at MCF-Faribault, which currently has 272 COVID-positive inmates and 43 staff.

The Minnesota Department of Corrections (DOC) says that it is working with the Minnesota Department of Health on the final plans for the vaccination of its prison population and employees.

Congregate living settings such as prisons present a higher risk for outbreaks of the virus, and there have been several significant outbreaks at DOC facilities already this year, including at MCF-Stillwater and MCF-St. Cloud.

"This man’s death is another sad reminder of the risks and challenges of preventing and managing virus infection and spread in a correctional setting,” said Commissioner Paul Schnell.

"Even as we see the release of new vaccines, we cannot let down our guard. We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones of this man, and we remain committed to doing all we can to prevent the spread of COVID in our facilities."

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