30th CT inmate dies from COVID-19, state agency says

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A Google Streetview of MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield, Conn. A 63-year-old man last incarcerated at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield died Wednesday from complications related to COVID-19, the Department of Corrections said.

A Google Streetview of MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield, Conn. A 63-year-old man last incarcerated at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield died Wednesday from complications related to COVID-19, the Department of Corrections said.

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An incarcerated man died Wednesday from complications related to COVID-19, the state Department of Correction announced Thursday.

This is the 30th individual under DOC supervision to die from complications related to the virus. The state agency said it will not be identifying the individual due to medical privacy laws.

The 63-year-old man last entered a Connecticut correctional facility — the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield — on Feb. 3, 2022. The Department of Corrections said the man was incarcerated for absconding from special parole, meaning his whereabouts were unknown at some point while under parole supervision.

The man had tested positive for COVID-19 upon intake in February. He was also suffering from a terminal illness, according to the DOC.

“Since the onset of the pandemic, every individual admitted to a Department of Correction facility is quarantined for a 14-day period in an effort to minimize the spread of the Covid-19 virus,” the agency said in a statement. “They are also tested for the presence of the virus.”

While incarcerated, the man was sent to an outside hospital multiple times to get treatment for an unrelated terminal illness. Despite efforts from the hospital staff, the man’s health continued to deteriorate and he died from his illness on Wednesday, the DOC said.

“On behalf of the Department of Corrections, I extend our deepest condolences to the individual’s family and loved ones,” said Commissioner Angel Quiros. “This death is yet another reminder that we must remain vigilant to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus. As always, I encourage everyone to get vaccinated or receive a booster shot.”

The last person to die from the virus under DOC care was a 56-year-old man who received treatment at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution’s Medical Isolation Unit. He died on March 10.

As of Thursday, the DOC reported 132 symptomatic inmates and seven asymptomatic inmates. Some 200 staff members are recovering from COVID-19.