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COVID-19 cases spike at two federal prisons in Minnesota


September 25, 2020

Michael Conroy – Associated Press

The federal prison complex in Terre Haute, Ind., show in August. In response to inquiries about COVID-19 cases at two federal prisons in Minnesota, the Bureau of Prisons said it carefully monitors COVID-19 in its facilities and implements measures to mitigate spread.

COVID-19 infections at two federal prisons in Minnesota are rising, with nearly half the inmates at one facility testing positive for the disease, raising concerns the virus could spread beyond prison walls.

Nearly 300 of the 600 inmates at the women's prison in Waseca have contracted the virus, most in the past few weeks. Nine staff members also have tested positive.

"People are scared," said Ryan Burk, president of the union that represents 150 prison staffers. "The concern is that we're going to bring it home to our families, our parents and to the community."


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