TOPEKA — An inmate at the state-run prison in Ellsworth died Sunday after contracting COVID-19.
The 68-year-old man is the 10th inmate in state custody to die from the virus, and the third from the Ellsworth Correctional Facility.
Carol Pitts, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Corrections, said the man had been transported on Oct. 26 from Ellsworth to the Lansing prison after testing positive for COVID-19. He then was moved to the Lansing hospital.
He had underlying medical concerns, Pitts said, and was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder.
So far, 4,411 men and women in state custody have tested positive for the virus, along with 581 corrections staff members. Two staff members have died from COVID-19.