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Third COVID-19 death reported at Moose Lake sex offender facility

It comes a month after the first death at an MSOP facility was reported.

The Minnesota Sex Offender Program has confirmed that a third person being held at its Moose Lake facility has died from COVID-19.

The Minnesota Department of Human Services announced Monday that the man died on New Year's Day from the virus.

It follows the deaths of two more people civilly committed to the facility, which happened on Dec. 2 and Dec. 9.

The MSOP facilities at Moose Lake and St. Peter hold 740 people between them.

The Minnesota DHS says that there are currently no active cases of COVID-19 among those being held at either facility.

"We mourn his passing and extend our deepest sympathy to those who loved him and called him friend,” said Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead of the latest death.

“The toll the pandemic continues to take in human lives is tragic.”

MSOP says it conducts mass testing of staff and clients at both facilities, and the most recent round at Moose Lake yielded no positive results.

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