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Connecticut inmate dies from COVID-19

WETHERSFIELD (AP) — A 62-year-old Connecticut inmate has died from complications from the coronavirus, the 22nd state prisoner death related to COVID-19 since the pandemic began last year, state officials said Wednesday.

The man was serving a sentence for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Prison officials said he was transferred from the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield to a hospital on Oct. 29 to be treated for COVID-19 and died on Tuesday. Authorities said he had several underlying health problems.

The Department of Correction did not release the man's name, citing medical privacy laws.

The death comes amid an uptick in coronavirus infections in Connecticut, including in the prison system.

The Correction Department's website on Wednesday said there were 104 inmates with COVID-19 symptoms and another 149 inmates infected with the virus who did not have symptoms. The agency said 99 staff members are recovering from the virus.

The department has about 5,444 staff members and about 9,500 inmates.

State data shows the Department of Correction has the lowest employee vaccination rate among executive branch state agencies at 65%. Unvaccinated employees must get tested regularly.

 

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