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MDOC Probation Agent Tests Positive For COVID-19

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UPDATE -Two MDOC Employees Test Positive For COVID-19

LANSING, MICH. On Tuesday, March 17, the Michigan Department of Corrections was notified that two of its employees have tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

One is an employee at the Jackson County Probation Office, who had a recent history of international travel. The second is an employee at the Detroit Detention Center, who does not have a history of domestic or international travel.

These are the first two MDOC employees who have tested positive for COVID-19.

The MDOC has been in contact with the individuals and the department is proactively working to determine any other employees and offenders these individuals have been in contact with.

“Our primary focus is the health and safety of our staff, the offenders and the public,” said MDOC Director Heidi Washington. “This is a matter we take seriously and are taking the advice of public health professionals and have notified employees who need to be quarantined.”

The Detroit Detention Center operates under an interagency agreement between the Detroit Police Department and the Michigan Department of Corrections and holds all pre-arraigned detainees 17 years of age or older in the City of Detroit for up to 72 hours. The detainees are arrested by the Detroit Police

LANSING, MICH. On Tuesday, March 17, the Michigan Department of Corrections was notified that an
employee at the Jackson County Probation Office had tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019
(COVID-19).
The employee had a recent history of international travel.
This is the first MDOC employee who has tested positive for COVID-19.
The MDOC has been in contact with the individual and the department is proactively working to determine
any other employees and probationers that person was in contact with.
“We are glad to hear our employee is feeling better,” said MDOC Director Heidi Washington. “We
continue to do all we can to protect the health of our staff, their families and the offenders they supervise.”
Once the positive test was confirmed today, the local health department ordered all Jackson County
Probation Office staff to leave their work site and quarantine for the next 14 days.
The department is making arrangements for continued supervision of the probationers in the county,
since the staff will be unable to perform those duties during the quarantine.
The department will provide further information as it becomes available.
Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at
Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

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