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State correctional facilities seeing a spike in COVID cases

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COVID-19 cases have increased among workers and residents of the state’s Correctional facilities.

North Dakota Department of Corrections spokesperson Kayli Richards said this comes as cases of the Omicron variant have spiked across the state. Richards said active cases among residents totaled 151, as of January 17th.

"We're very happy that we haven't had anybody become very seriously ill from this strain," Richards said. "We have no hospitalizations at the moment. We have nobody on oxygen. So we're not overwhelming our local hospitals."

Richards said the rate of vaccination — and booster shots — has really helped.

"We're thankful they have signed up and gotten their shots, including boosters," Richards said. "They have done everything they can to protect themselves, including wearing masks."

Face masks are mandatory in all state correctional facilities. Visitation and volunteer access guidelines vary by facility.

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