A 65-year-old male inmate from the Colorado Department of Corrections passed away on Nov. 18th at the Fremont Correctional Facility.
The inmate was not exhibiting COVID symptoms, but as part of standard protocol clinical staff checked him just prior to his sudden death.
An autopsy will be performed and the Coroner will determine the official cause of death.
Given medical privacy laws, the Department is unable to release the inmate’s name.
The Fremont Correctional Facility has been on Phase III modified operations since October 16th.
The CDOC has been conducting regular staff testing over the last several months, in coordination with medical and public health experts. The Department has also been conducting inmate surveillance testing in order to identify and quarantine those who are positive to mitigate the spread of the virus within the facilities. The vast majority of inmates that have tested positive have been asymptomatic or have had very mild symptoms.
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.
Additional information about the CDOC’s operational response to COVID can be found at: colorado.gov/pacific/cdoc/covid-19-faq-and-updates
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