Sixth inmate at a Kansas Correctional Facility tests positive for COVID-19 and dies

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Doctor hand holding positive Coronavirus test. (Taechit Taechamanodom/Getty Images/Royalty Free)

TOPEKA, Kan. – An inmate at Ellsworth Correctional Facility who died on Monday, October 19, 2020 had tested positive for COVID-19. This is the sixth resident death related to COVID-19. 

The resident tested positive on September 26 at which time he was moved to the Lansing Correctional Facility COVID-19 Management Unit (CMU).  Three days later he was transported to the hospital.   

The resident’s family has asked that his name not be released.  He was a 60-year-old black male with underlying medical concerns that contributed to his condition. 

This resident was serving a life sentence based on four sex crime convictions from Wyandotte County, Kansas. 

The Ellsworth Correctional Facility opened in 1988. Serving only males, the Central Unit provides housing for 820 multi-custody residents and the East Unit provides housing for 95 minimum-custody residents.

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