Waseca Prison Has The Most COVID Cases of All Federal Prisons in the Country

Waseca’s prison had the most COVID-19 cases among inmates out of all federal correctional facilities in the country as of Wednesday, according to data from the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

A total of 132 inmates and one staff member at the 756 inmate women’s prison had COVID-19 in the bureau’s latest update.  The inmate case count rose by 7 from Tuesday.

The bureau, or BOP, suspended all visits to the prison until further notice in response to the outbreak.

Waseca’s prison accounts for about 47% of all active COVID-19 cases among federal inmates in the country, according to BOP data.  After Waseca’s 132 active cases, the next highest number of cases at a federal correctional institution is in Pollock, Louisiana, at 28.

Minnesota’s other BOP facilities in Rochester, Duluth, Sandstone, Roseville and Minneapolis have a combined 2 COVID-19 cases among inmates.