Kansas Department of Corrections reports 11th 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 81-year-old inmate of the state-run prison in Lansing has died from COVID-19.

    He is the 11th person to die from COVID-19 while in state custody and the fifth at the Lansing Correctional Facility.

    Carol Pitts, a spokeswoman for the Kansas Department of Corrections, said the man was transported to a hospital after testing positive on Nov. 13. He died Wednesday.

    The man had underlying medical conditions, Pitts said, and was serving a life sentence for first-degree murder and aggravated robbery.

    The latest report from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment shows current outbreaks at state correctional facilities in El Dorado, Ellsworth, Hutchinson, Norton, Topeka and Winfield. The largest active outbreak of any kind in the state is in Hutchinson, where 311 individuals have tested positive in the past 14 days.

    So far, 4,547 men and women in state custody have tested positive for the virus, along with 646 corrections staff members. Two staff members have died from COVID-19.