SOMERS, Conn. (WTNH) — A second inmate in Connecticut has died after contracting coronavirus, officials from the state Department of Correction announced Saturday.
DOC officials say the 57-year-old unidentified inmate died Saturday morning. He started showing symptoms on April 15, which prompted an immediate transfer to a quarantine unit for testing. The inmate was later taken to Johnson and Memorial Hospital for further treatment.
The inmate had preexisting underlying medical conditions, according to the DOC.
DOC says they coordinated a phone call for the inmate and his family before he passed away.
The inmate was serving a 22-year sentence for robbery and was scheduled to be released from Willard-Cybulski Correctional Institution in September 2022.
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“The statewide statistics that speak to the number of people that have lost their lives fighting this deadly virus is a difficult number to process because the reality is, it is so much more than a number – these are human beings with families that love them. I extend my sincere condolences to this family,” said Commissioner Cook.