Kansas Department of Corrections reports 10th inmate death from COVID-19

    The Kansas Department of Corrections led by secretary Jeff Zmuda says a fifth inmate who contracted COVID-19 has died. (Submitted/Kansas Reflector)
    The Kansas Department of Corrections led by secretary Jeff Zmuda says an 11th inmate who contracted COVID-19 has died. (Tim Carpenter/Kansas Reflector)

    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.