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Inmate death reported at North Lake Correctional Facility

Taylor Wizner
Interlochen Public Radio


An inmate at North Lake Correctional Facility in Baldwin has died after contracting COVID-19.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons indicated the death on its website, Friday.

The site shows 27 inmates are currently confirmed sick with COVID-19, while 56 inmates have recovered from the disease.

The prison holds 1,560 immigrants who have been convicted of federal crimes and will be deported following their sentence.

GEO Group, a private company which operates the prison, says 23 staff members at North Lake also caught the disease. Four of those employees are currently at home in self-quarantine while 19 have returned to work.

The company says nine of the COVID-19 positive North Lake employees live in Mason County, while the remaining ten live in Osceola County, Mecosta County, Montcalm County, Lake County, Wexford County, Oceana County and Newaygo County.

GEO Group says inmates who may have been exposed to the infected employees will be monitored by medical staff, following guidance from the Centers for Disease Control.

Taylor Wizner covers heath, tourism and other news for Interlochen Public Radio.