BISMARCK — The North Dakota Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has suspended all contact visitation at all of its facilities effective immediately, the agency announced Thursday, March 12.

In a news release, the agency said it values providing visitation, "but at this time must make the difficult decision to suspend contact visitation to protect the health and wellness of staff and residents."

There are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the DOCR's population yet, according to a news release, and no one is being monitored. Still, the department said it's limiting access to facilities to help stop the spread as the coronavirus pandemic continues around the world.

Email, phone and video visitation is still available.

North Dakota has confirmed one case of coronavirus, a man in his 60s from Ward County.

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