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.