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State prison inmate, held on operating under the influence conviction, dies from COVID-related complications

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Another Connecticut prison inmate has died from complications of COVID-19, officials said Wednesday.

The 62-year-old male inmate had been receiving treatment at an outside hospital since Oct. 29 and died on Tuesday, according to the Department of Correction. The inmate was previously incarcerated at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution.

The inmate, whose name was not released, “suffered from several underlying comorbidities,” department officials said.

Twenty-one Connecticut prison inmates have died from COVID-related complications as of Nov. 19, according to Department of Correction data. As of Nov. 23, 104 incarcerated people are symptomatic with the virus.

Just over 5,000 state prison inmates have received at least one dose of a vaccine, according to the department. There are 9,391 people currently incarcerated in state prison as of October, according to the most recent department data.

According to department officials, the inmate entered the correctional system on Sept. 15 on a sentence related to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence. He was expected to be released on or before Jan. 12, 2022.

The inmate’s vaccination status was not immediately known.

In a statement Wednesday, Department of Correction Commissioner Angel Quiros offered his condolences to the inmate’s family.

“This is a sobering reminder that Covid-19 cannot be taken for granted,” Quiros said. “Our agency will not let its collective guard down — we will continue to fight against the spread of this dreaded virus. My condolences go out to his family.”

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