Sixth man incarcerated in Colorado’s prisons dies of COVID-19
A 57-year-old man incarcerated in one of Colorado’s prisons died Tuesday after experiencing COVID-19 symptoms — the sixth inmate in the care of the state’s prisons to die of the virus.
The Department of Corrections did not release the name of the man, citing medical privacy concerns, but said he died at the Parkview Medical Center in Pueblo after being transported from the Fremont Correctional Facility.
“The facility has continued to undergo extensive cleaning multiple times a day and staff and inmates are all required to wear face coverings in the facility at all times,” department spokeswoman Annie Skinner said in a news release.
The 57-year-old is the second person incarcerated at the Fremont Correctional Facility to die of COVID-19. Four others imprisoned at the Sterling Correctional Facility have also died.
In the past two weeks, 996 people incarcerated in Colorado’s prisons have tested positive for the virus, according to Department of Corrections data. Since March, 2,794 inmates have contracted the virus.
Hundreds of prison staff members have also contracted the virus. On Monday, at least 144 staff members were sick with COVID-19.
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