Fourth inmate at Lansing prison dies of COVID-19

AP News Staff
May 18, 2020 - 10:19 am
File photo shows the exterior of the Lansing Correctional Center in Lansing, Kan.

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Kansas City, MO - A fourth inmate housed at the Lansing Correctional Facility has died of the coronavirus during an outbreak that has sickened hundreds at the state’s largest prison.

The Kansas Department of Corrections announced Monday that the inmate who died Saturday was over the age of 60 and had underlying medical conditions. He tested positive April 29 and was transferred May 1 to a hospital.

His name wasn’t released, but the corrections department said had been imprisoned since 1989 on charges that included aggravated robbery and first-degree murder. His earliest possible release date was Oct. 1.

The prison has been the hardest hit in the state, with 88 staff members and 750 inmates testing positive. Two of the staff members have died. But most of the infected inmates, 86%, are showing no symptoms.

Meanwhile, 15 staff members and 40 inmates from six other corrections facilities also are infected.

Statewide, Kansas has recorded 195 deaths and 7,800 cases, according to Johns Hopkins University, although the numbers are believed to be low due to initial limits in testing.

For most people, the coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough, that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness and death.

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