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MDOC Response and Information on COVID-19

Prisoner testing data was last updated on February 1, 2023

Those with questions about parole, healthcare, or programming for prisoners, correctional facility operations, or other corrections-related issues can call the numbers listed below for more information. Please call the number for the section that most appropriately applies to your issue.

Please do not leave a message on more than one phone line. This will slow down our ability to respond in a timely manner to your concern. Due to a high call volume, numbers may go to voicemail. Please leave a message and a representative from the specific program area will return your call as soon as possible.

If you have questions about the early release of a prisoner, please know that the MDOC has no legal authority to release prisoners prior to their earliest release date because of Truth in Sentencing laws, which require those sentenced to prison to serve their entire minimum sentence before they can be paroled.

If you are trying to reach an incarcerated loved one, please contact the correctional facility where the prisoner is housed. You can find a list of all MDOC correctional facilities and their contact information here. Prisoners continue to have access to phones and electronic messaging in order to contact family and friends.

Questions about COVID-19 and the MDOC’s response?

Please leave a message and a representative from the specific program area will return your call as soon as possible.

Parole and Probation   (517) 335-1979

  • Release info
  • Parole status
  • General field questions

Healthcare  (517) 335-2263

  • Status of prisoner
  • COVID related protocols
  • Healthcare-related questions

Prison (517) 335-1418

  • Questions related to PPE supplies
  • Questions related to cleaning supplies
  • Questions related to the facilities
  • General prison-related questions

Programming and Education (517) 881-2534

  • Questions related to programming
  • Questions related to education

General  (517) 388-6892  OR  (517) 388-6894

  • Questions that do not fall into one of the above categories

Corrections staff are courageous. They never hesitate to help others in need, regardless of the situation, and show an unending commitment to protecting the citizens of our state safe.

We mourn the loss of 11 corrections professionals, two corrections transportation officers, a word processing assistant at the Lahser Probation Office in Detroit, a field agent, five corrections officers, a sergeant, and a qualified mental health professional, who passed away after contracting coronavirus (COVID-19).

Their dedication to the safety of all Michigan residents will not be forgotten. Our thoughts are with their family, friends and colleagues during this difficult time.

Uniformed officers standing in front of an End of Watch memorial plaque with American flag at half staff in the background
The MDOC is sad to report there have been a total of 159 deaths of prisoners who had tested positive for COVID-19.
Prisoner Deaths from COVID-19 

Total Confirmed Prisoner Cases to Date by Location

Updated February 1, 2022 -- 5:00 p.m.

Total Prisoner Tests
Prisoners Tested Total Positive
Total Negative
50,918 35,004 15,914
Total Prisoners Recovered Total Prisoners in Step Down Prisoner Active Cases Cases Now Paroled* Deaths
34,160 203 123 360 159

Prisoner Cases

Location Prisoners Tested
Total Prisoners Confirmed Prisoners Negative Active Positive Cases Prisoner Deaths
Alger Correctional Facility 832 567 265 0 0
Baraga Correctional Facility 834 495 338 0 1
Bellamy Creek Correctional Facility 1,790 1,213 577 0 1
Carson City Correctional Facility
2,444 2,111 333 0 6
Central Michigan Correctional Facility
2,978 2,421 557 2 2
Charles E. Egeler Reception & Guidance Center
9,864 4,289 5,575 14 15
Chippewa Correctional Facility
1,981 1,749 232 0 7
Cooper Street Correctional Facility
2,272 1,722 550 75 6
Detroit Reentry Center (now closed)
65 24 41 0 1
Duane Waters Health Center
139 63 76 0 5
Earnest C. Brooks Correctional Facility
1,327 1,118 209 0 3
G. Robert Cotton Correctional Facility
2,178 1,838 340 0 6
Gus Harrison Correctional Facility
2,154 1,790 364 0 7
Ionia Correctional Facility
557 357 200 0 0
Kinross Correctional Facility
1,525 1,364 161 0 9
Lakeland Correctional Facility
1,492 1,006 486 0 25
Macomb Correctional Facility
1,711 985 726 4 8
Marquette Branch Prison
1,177 924 253 0 0
Michigan Reformatory
1,143 1002 141 0 1
Muskegon Correctional Facility
1,421 1,290 131 0 9
Newberry Correctional Facility
1,025 853 172 0 1
Oaks Correctional Facility
1,031 820 211 0 2
Parnall Correctional Facility
2,001 1,148 853 0 10
Richard A. Handlon Correctional Facility
1,466 1,149 317 0 5
Saginaw Correctional Facility
1,618 1,420 198 1 11
St. Louis Correctional Facility
1,177 1002 175 0 3
Thumb Correctional Facility
1,165 762 403 4 9
Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility
3,193 1,359 1,834 22 5
Woodland Center Correctional Facility
371 169 202 1 1
50,918 35,004 15,914 123 159


Cases now paroled indicates prisoners who tested positive and later paroled once health care determined they were no longer infectious.

  • Cumulative tests represents all tests conducted for prisoners, as well as all tests conducted for staff by the MDOC in connection with the Department of Health and Human Services public health order, all employer-required testing, and voluntary testing offered earlier this year. Testing continues daily at our facilities for prisoners and is completed when prisoners are set to parole, discharge or other such movements, as well as when they display symptoms or when positive cases have emerged.
  • *Prisoners are considered in step-down status once they have been medically cleared by the MDOC’s chief medical officer, are symptom free and are no longer considered contagious. Step down numbers reflect prisoners currently in step-down status.
  • *According to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, an individual is considered “recovered” once they have gone 30 days from the onset of symptoms.

Staff Cases

Data on department employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 are available for data collection, research, and historical purposes upon request. Submit all requests for COVID-19 employee statistics to