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Two Connecticut prisoners die due to COVID-19

A 77-year-old man incarcerated at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution has died due to complications related to COVID-19.

According to a state Department of Correction news release, the man died on Jan. 15 and had been receiving treatment at the institution’s Medical Isolation Unit. He was “taken to a local hospital for continued care of his illness and comorbidities.”

The department stated that it could not release the name of the individual due to medical privacy laws.

“He last entered the Connecticut correctional system on July 31, 2018, and was being held on a $2 million bond for murder,” the release reads.

Another incarcerated man, this one 51 years old and at the Hartford Correctional Center, also died from coronavirus complications on Jan. 17. He was in prison after absconding from special parole on Sept. 23, 2020, and last entered the prison system on Oct. 29, 2021, the release said.

“I pray that we have passed the peak of the Omicron wave of the virus,” DOC Commissioner Angel Quiros said in the release. “As always, I encourage those who have not been vaccinated to get their shots.”

According to state data, 27 incarcerated people total have died due to COVID-19. MacDougall-Walker has had 1,006 positive tests, and York Correctional Institution has had 402. As of Wednesday, 927 DOC staff members are recovering from COVID-19 and there are 165 symptomatic inmates.

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