73-year-old inmate at Oak Park Heights Correctional Facility dies after recently testing positive for COVID-19

73-year-old inmate at Oak Park Heights Correctional Facility dies after recently testing positive for COVID-19 Photo: KSTP-TV.

Tommy Wiita
Updated: November 23, 2020 01:51 PM
Created: November 23, 2020 01:46 PM

The Minnesota Department of Corrections said on Monday that a 73-year-old incarcerated man recently died after testing positive for COVID-19.

The man is reported to have died at the University of Minnesota Medical Center after being transported from the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Oak Park Heights on Sunday. The man recently tested positive for the virus while receiving medical care for terminal cancer. It is not known where he contracted COVID-19.

“We extend our deepest condolences to the loved ones and friends of this man,” said DOC Commissioner Paul Schnell. “Since the beginning of this pandemic we’ve worked to take all reasonable steps to minimize the introduction and spread of COVID-19 in the state’s correctional facilities for the well-being of those we serve and our staff,” he added.

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