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MDOC says two employees have tested positive for COVID-19

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Posted at 4:49 PM, Mar 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-17 20:36:45-04

(WXYZ) — The Michigan Department of Corrections says two of their employees have tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

The first employee works at the Jackson County Probation Office and has a history of international travel.

Shortly after that was announced, the MDOC announced that a second employee had also tested positive. That employee works at the Detroit Detention Center and does not have a history of domestic or international travel. They are the first two MDOC employee to test positive for coronavirus.

The MDOC is working to determine which employees and probationers the employees had been in contact with.

All Jackson County Probation Office staff has been ordered to leave the work site and quarantine for the next 14 days.

Arrangements are being made to continue the probation supervision of the probationers in Jackson County. Further information will be provided once it become available.

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

“We are glad to hear our employee is feeling better,” said MDOC Director Heidi Washington in a news release. “We continue to do all we can to protect the health of our staff, their families and the offenders they supervise.”