Patient in Moose Lake sex offender treatment program dies from COVID-19

Patient in Moose Lake sex offender treatment program dies from COVID-19 Photo: Minnesota Department Human Services.

Josh Skluzacek
Updated: December 03, 2020 02:42 PM
Created: December 03, 2020 02:28 PM

A client at the Minnesota Sex Offender Program in Moose Lake died Tuesday from COVID-19, according to the state's Department of Human Services (DHS).

According to DHS, it is the first COVID-related death among MSOP clients and staff. Due to data privacy laws, the patient wasn't identified.

"Losing a loved one is always difficult, but it’s especially painful under these circumstances, when the pandemic is claiming so many lives," DHS Commissioner Jodi Harpstead said. "Our hearts go out to his family, friends and all those who will miss him."

Moose Lake is one of two MSOP facilities in the state, with the other in St. Peter. Of the nearly 740 civilly committed clients receiving treatment at the facilities, there were 18 active COVID-19 cases as of Thursday, DHS said.


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