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COVID-19 in Jail News

Last update: April 14, 2022

The Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office is following the Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control guidelines for screening, monitoring, isolation/quarantine, and testing of the all people entering and exiting the Hennepin County Adult Detention Center. We are being proactive by screening everyone in the facility, staff and inmates, for symptoms and fevers to identify potential cases of COVID-19. If a person, whether staff or inmate, exhibits symptoms consistent with COVID-19, we follow MDH and CDC guidance in the use of PPE, how to isolate and quarantine that individual and others with significant exposure, and how to protect the health of everyone involved.


Medically Isolated: This number reflect inmates that are currently isolated due to observed or self-reported symptoms. Not all symptomatic individuals are diagnosed with COVID-19.

Quarantine: Exposure identified within the facility or self-reported that exposure occurred with a person confirmed positive with COVID-19.

Pending: COVID-19 test initiated and awaiting results. Note: Some tests may have been conducted prior to entering the facility.

Confirmed Negative: Number of confirmed negatives for COVID-19

Total Positive to Date: Number of people in our custody that have tested positive for COVID-19.

Total Tested: Number of tests administered while detained at the Hennepin County Detention Center.


 Current population Medically isolated Quarantine Total positive in custody Total positive to date Pending Confirmed negative Total tested
674 6 0 0 1,024 0 31,395 32,419


Additional Information:

  • Hennepin County has a larger population than the next three largest counties in the state combined, serving 22% of the state’s population.
  • Detainees are issued masks to wear in the facility; detainees are screened for temperature and symptoms upon intake.
  • We aggressively test detainees in our facility, so we are detecting COVID-19 at a higher rate than the general public and other institutions.
  • We have an employee screening process in place. Every employee/contractor has to be screened prior to entering the secured area of our facility.
  • Detention and release of detainees who test positive for COVID-19 is done regardless of their test status: The courts decide, based on the reason for arrest and need for detention, whether that detainee will be held or released.
  • We have state-of-the-art facilities for caring for inmates with communicable diseases, and we have regularly established procedures for guarding inmates in the hospital who need to be treated there. Our medical advisers are serving on national committees to advise other facilities how to manage their cases.
  • We have received enormous support from our local law enforcement partners, the judiciary, the County Attorney’s Office and the defense bar in keeping our population low. Our population is roughly 45% lower than it was at the start of the pandemic, which is helping us prevent the spread of the virus in the facility.