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More tests find more cases at prison


May 1, 2020

Jana Peterson

A total of 33 staff members - 29 at correctional facilities in Moose Lake, above, and four at Willow River - have tested positive now, with up to nine more suspected or presumed positive. One staff member remains hospitalized.

The more you look, the more you find. In a little over a week since the Minnesota Department of Corrections began testing more prisoners at its facilities in Moose Lake and Willow River, the numbers of confirmed cases climbed from a total of 29 on April 22 to 78 a week later.

At Moose Lake, where COVID-19 infections first appeared, confirmed cases went from 14 on April 22 to 33 a week later, on Wednesday, April 29. Over the same timeframe in Willow River confirmed cases went from 15 to 45.

An additional 32 inmates in Moose Lake and seven in Willow River are presumed positive - meaning the...

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