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Second inmate dies in Utah prison from COVID-19

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Posted at 9:00 PM, Nov 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-12 23:00:07-05

DRAPER, Utah — The Utah Department of Corrections confirmed that a second inmate died at the Utah State Prison from COVID-19 complications.

The man was 70-years-old and hospitalized at the time of his death. He tested positive for COVID-19 on November 4.

Officials said that the man had several other health factors that may have contributed to the severity of his COVID-19 and to his death.

The man was receiving treatment at the Oquirrh 5 facility and his cause of death will be determined by the health examiner.

His family was notified but his identity has not been released.

The Department of Corrections reports there are currently 655 active COVID-19 cases between the Utah State Prison and the Central Utah Correctional Facility.

Current outbreaks are currently present in Oquirrh 5, Promontory, Lone Peak, Wasatch (Dog-Block), Hickory, and Gale.

The facilities are on modified lockdown, meaning out-of-cell time for inmates has been limited in order to try and contain outbreaks.

The Department said they are working on testing inmates and separating negative cases from positive cases.