Inmate at Fort Dodge prison test positive for COVID-19

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) — An inmate at an Iowa prison in Fort Dodge has tested positive for the new coronavirus, state prisons officials have said.

The Iowa Department of Corrections said in a news release that the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility inmate is a male adult under the age of 40 and has been in medical isolation since first notifying staff that he was not feeling well on Tuesday.

The infected inmate is experiencing mild symptoms and will receive medical care as necessary as he recovers, officials said.

The unit where the inmate was housed has been placed on quarantine status, and additional testing at the prison is underway, according to the release. Other sections of the prison will be placed on restricted movement status until thorough contact tracing can take place, and expanded testing can be conducted. While under restricted movement, privileges like video visitations will be suspended.