Minnesota prison inmate dies after testing COVID-19 positive

Published 4:38 pm Thursday, June 25, 2020

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ST. PAUL — A Minnesota prison inmate has died after testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, state corrections officials said Thursday.

The Minnesota Department of Corrections said Adrian Raymaar Keys, 43, died Tuesday night at a hospital. Keys was an inmate at the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Faribault and tested positive for COVID-19 along with a number of other men incarcerated at Faribault on June 4.

Keys’ condition deteriorated over the weekend and he was hospitalized Monday, officials said.

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The medical examiner will determine the cause of death. The Corrections Department said if Keys’ death is determined to be related to COVID-19 complications, it would be the first such death of a person incarcerated in Minnesota.

State Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell said since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, the Corrections Department has “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.”

The first case of COVID-19 at the Faribault prison was reported on June 3. More than 200 additional cases have been discovered since the first positive test, with the majority experiencing no symptoms. Including Keys, three required hospitalization. Two remain hospitalized, with one in critical condition. The facility currently houses 1,734 men.