A prisoner from Monroe Correctional Complex has tested positive for COVID-19, according to the Department of Corrections.
The man had been transported on March 3 to a Snohomish County medical center for unrelated health care concerns. He initially didn’t present any symptoms associated with coronavirus, the disease caused by COVID-19, and a test came back negative on March 15.
Eventually, he did develop symptoms, and was tested again on Wednesday.
Late Friday, the Department of Corrections was notified that the patient was positive for COVID-19. He’s currently in stable condition.
Correctional staff who may have been in contact with the man have been notified of their potential exposure to the virus, and have been quarantined at their homes.
The hospital the patient is staying at was not identified. The patient and the corrections staff member who tested positive on March 12 likely are not connected, according to a press release.