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Faribault, MN (KROC AM News) - Another inmate at the state prison in Faribault has died after contracting COVID-19.

 

The 70-year-old died at District One Hospital in Faribault Saturday morning. His name has not been released.

The Minnesota Dept. of Corrections says he is the 5th inmate at the facility to die from the virus and the 9th in its system.

The DOC says the Faribault facility currently has 272 COVID-positive incarcerated people, and 43 COVID-positive staff. There are 1,763 people currently incarcerated at MCF-Faribault.

“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,” Schnell added.

The DOC says Minnesota has the 4th lowest incarceration rate in the nation, yet, based on available data, is 4th highest in the number of COVID tests performed to date (80,000), including large states like California and Texas.

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