Michigan DOC: First inmate dies from COVID-19

JACKSON, Mich. (WOOD) — A Michigan prisoner who tested positive for COVID-19 has died, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections.

The prisoner, whose name has not been released, was found unresponsive in his cell at the Parnall Correctional Facility near Jackson, authorities told News 8. He was taken to the hospital where he and later died.

Officials said the prisoner had not complained of feeling sick. Following his death, MDOC said the inmate was tested for the virus, and the results were positive.

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As of Saturday, state officials said they confirmed 207 positive cases within their correctional facilities at the following locations:

  • Parnall Correctional Facility: 90
  • Macomb Correctional Facility: 46
  • Lakeland Correctional Facility: 25
  • Women’s Huron Valley Correctional Facility: 24
  • Detroit Reentry Center: 11
  • Charles Egeler Reception and Guidance Center: 7
  • Woodland Center Correctional Facility: 2
  • Kinross Correctional Facility: 1
  • Newberry Correctional Facility: 1

A spokesperson for MDOC said the positive cases were all reported at facilities with previous, positive cases. They said no new facilities reported a positive case.

To control the spread of COVID-19, MDOC said they will move those who’ve tested positive for the virus to the Carson City Correctional Facility, a previously closed unit. Correctional officers said they urge prisoners to speak up if feel ill.

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