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Bayport, MN (KROC AM News) - The Minnesota Department of Corrections is reporting the death of an inmate who tested positive for COVID-19 less than two weeks ago.

The department says the 61-year-old man was an inmate at the Stillwater prison in Bayport. He died Sunday, one day after the DOC says he was taken to a hospital where he was “evaluated and discharged.” The man had an extensive medical history and tested positive for COVID-19 on October 20.

The DOC says the Ramsey County Medical Examiner will perform an autopsy to determine the manner and cause of death. This is the third COVID-related death of an incarcerated person in Minnesota state correctional facilities since the pandemic began.

The first case of COVID-19 in the Stillwater facility was not reported until late September. The DOC says the growth in spread at the facility has been different than in any other facility in the system to date.

Currently, 1,278 men are incarcerated in the Stillwater facility. To date, more than 750 of those have tested positive for COVID, with the majority experiencing no symptoms. In addition, over 150 Stillwater staff have tested positive for COVID-19.


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