Inmate at Lansing Correctional Facility dies of COVID-19, Kansas Department of Corrections says

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A resident at Lansing Correctional Facility died of COVID-19, the Kansas Department of Corrections announced Friday, the first death in a Kansas prison due to the virus since March 2021.
A resident at Lansing Correctional Facility died of COVID-19, the Kansas Department of Corrections announced Friday, the first death in a Kansas prison due to the virus since March 2021.

A resident at Lansing Correctional Facility died of COVID-19, the Kansas Department of Corrections announced Friday, the first death in a Kansas prison due to the virus since March 2021.

The death occurred Thursday, KDOC said in a news release. The resident was a 90-year-old white male with underlying conditions, the agency said.

KDOC declined to release the inmate's identity, citing confidentiality laws. He was incarcerated since 2015 for aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

The death is the 23rd in Kansas prisons due to the virus since the pandemic began, with 17 of those deaths being residents. It is the eighth death at Lansing due to COVID-19.

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Virus case counts have been on the rise in prisons as COVID-19 spread has increased throughout the state. There are 529 active cases among inmates, according to KDOC data, and an additional 202 cases among staff members.

Andrew Bahl is a senior statehouse reporter for the Topeka Capital-Journal. He can be reached at abahl@gannett.com or by phone at 443-979-6100.

This article originally appeared on Topeka Capital-Journal: Inmate at Lansing Correctional Facility dies of COVID-19, state says

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