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Michigan Corrections: 2 probate agents test positive for coronavirus

Christine Ferretti
The Detroit News

The Michigan Department of Corrections on Tuesday reported two employees in offices in different parts of the state have tested positive for the coronavirus. 

Officials said one worker is an employee of the Jackson County Probation Office with a recent history of international travel. The other is an employee at the Detroit Detention Center who does not have a history of domestic or international travel. 

The Corrections Department said it's been in contact with the workers and is working to determine if the two have been in contact with other employees and offenders.

“Our primary focus is the health and safety of our staff, the offenders and the public,” said MDOC director Heidi Washington. “This is a matter we take seriously and are taking the advice of public health professionals and have notified employees who need to be quarantined.”

The Detroit Detention Center, under an interagency agreement between the Detroit Police Department and Corrections Department, holds all pre-arraigned detainees ages 17 and up in the city of Detroit for up to 72 hours, officials said. 

The detainees are arrested by the Detroit police and are not prisoners of the state Corrections Department. Offenders at that facility are not transferred to MDOC facilities. 

Corrections officials reported the Detroit case shortly after it announced earlier Tuesday that it has advised workers of the Jackson County Probation Office to quarantine themselves. Later, the local health department instructed all Jackson office staff to leave work and quarantine themselves for 14 days.

CDC's laboratory test kit for the new coronavirus.

The Corrections Department is making arrangements for supervision of the probationers in the county since staff will be unable to perform the duties during the quarantine, officials said. 

The department said it will provide further information as it becomes available.

cferretti@detroitnews.com