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Stories and information in our region on the COVID-19 pandemic.

78-Year-Old Connecticut Inmate Dies After Second COVID Infection

Courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

A Connecticut inmate has died due to complications from COVID-19. He is the first incarcerated person in the state to die from coronavirus since January.

State correctional officials said the 78-year-old inmate had underlying health issues, which were made worse by a COVID-19 infection last December.

The inmate tested positive for COVID-19 again in August. He went to a hospital for treatment and was returned back to the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution.

The inmate was the fifth incarcerated person to die from COVID-19 in a Connecticut prison this year. Eighteen Connecticut inmates have died since the pandemic began.

Natalie is a former news fellow with WSHU Public Radio.