Inmate from Wyandotte County dies from COVID-19 complications

An inmate at the Ellsworth Correctional Facility who was from Wyandotte County died Monday, Oct. 19, after fighting COVID-19 since Sept. 26, according to an announcement today from the Kansas Department of Corrections.

The inmate’s name was not released by KDOC authorities.

The inmate tested positive on Sept. 26, and then was moved to the Lansing Correctional Facility COVID-19 management unit, according to a spokesman. Three days later, he was moved from LCF to a hospital.

A spokesman stated that the resident’s family has asked his name not be released. He was a 60-year-old male with underlying medical conditions contributing to his condition, according to the spokesman.

He was serving a life sentence based on four sex crime convictions from Wyandotte County, Kansas.

It was the sixth COVID-19 related resident death in the Kansas correctional system, and the first at Ellsworth Correctional Facility, according to a spokesman. The Ellsworth Correctional Facility’s Central Unit provides housing for 820 multi-custody residents and the East Unit provides housing for 95 minimum-custody residents.

Ellsworth is located in central Kansas, about 26 miles southwest of Salina.

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