FARIBAULT -- A COVID-19 outbreak is surging through the state prison here, leaving one inmate who tested positive dead and another in critical condition.
Adrian Raymaar Keys, 43, of St. Paul, died Tuesday night. Keys had tested positive for the coronavirus earlier this month, however a Minnesota Department of Corrections spokesperson said his cause of death is pending autopsy results.
Keys was sentenced to more than 10 years in prison in 2018 for raping a teenage girl. He was also convicted of second-degree murder in 1995.
Efforts to reach out to Keys’ family were unsuccessful.
If Keys is found to have died from COVID-19, he would be the first person incarcerated in Minnesota to die of the virus.
Two other Faribault prison inmates are currently hospitalized with the virus, with one in critical condition. More than 200 inmates at the prison have tested positive for COVID-19, the highest count of any Minnesota prison facility. More than 330 inmates statewide have tested positive.
The first positive case at the Faribault prison was confirmed on June 3. The state recently began testing all prison staff and inmates for the virus.
More than 60 staff members across the state prison system have tested positive for the virus, with four requiring hospitalization. Those hospitalized have all been released.
In light of the pandemic, the state prison system has been taking precautions such as providing masks and setting up handwashing stations in facilities.