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First Wisconsin prisoner tests positive for COVID-19 coronavirus, DOC says

First Wisconsin prisoner tests positive for COVID-19 coronavirus, DOC says

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The Wisconsin Department of Corrections has announced its first case of a prisoner who tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus. 

On Thursday, the DOC confirmed that a prisoner in Columbia Correctional Institution tested positive for the virus. DOC believes the inmate was exposed to COVID-19 while on a trip outside of the prison. 

DOC said the prisoner has had no direct contact with any other inmates since that trip. Employees who had contact with the infected prisoner were notified.

The prisoner is under the medical care of healthcare staff at Columbia Correctional. 

DOC has had a total of nine employees text positive for the new coronavirus, according to a running count of cases that was updated Friday.

Six were staff who worked in prisons: two at Columbia Correctional, three at the Milwaukee Secure Detention Facility and one at Waupun Correctional Institution. 

The other three DOC employees who tested positive worked within a Milwaukee office of the Division of Community Corrections, which supervises offenders who are out in the community being monitored on probation, parole or extended supervision. 

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