Dropper – Two inmates at Utah State Prison have died after a positive test COVID-19, Bringing the total number of COVID-19 related deaths in prisons to nine, according to the Utah Correctional Department.
In a statement released Wednesday evening, a 70-year-old inmate died Nov. 23 and was admitted to hospital at the time of his death, correctional officials said. The other inmate, a 48-year-old man, died Nov. 25 and was hospitalized at the time of his death. No further details about the individuals were given.
According to Corrections Authority officials, both detainees were staying with medical staff at the Oquir5 facility before being admitted to the hospital.
On Tuesday, a person incarcerated at the Oquir 2 facility reported symptoms and was quickly examined by medical staff, the Corrections Department report said. The test was positive for COVID-19, and staff immediately began testing protocols and large-scale testing.
Revised officials say medical staff are always available and are actively in units at least twice a day to check with inmates.
The Department of Corrections reports that there are 560 COVID-19 cases between the Utah State Prison, the Central Utah Correctional Facility and state inmates. It lists eruptions in these areas: Ogwir 5, Ogwir 2, Advertising, Lone Peak, Wasatch (dog-block), Ironwood, Henry (Dogwood) and Boulder (Fir, Gale and Hickory).
Corrections Department COVID-19 Dashboard Currently a total of 1,289 positive COVID-19 test results are reported at the facility.
Due to the explosion, all visits, including volunteer and religious services, were suspended until December 1.