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Montana Dept. of Corrections reports 5th COVID-19-related inmate death

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Posted at 11:39 AM, Dec 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-10 13:39:06-05

HELENA — The Montana Department of Corrections reports an additional inmate has passed away due to a COVID-19 related illness.

The 71-year-old Montana State Prison (MSP) inmate passed away at Community Medical Center in Missoula on Tuesday.

No further information is being released.

While the death occurred in Missoula County, it will be attributed to the county in which the inmate resided, Powell County, where MSP is located.

“The Montana Department of Corrections expresses its deepest sympathies to the family and friends of this individual,” DOC Director Reginald D. Michael said.

Since COVID-19 activity was first identified in MSP in mid-October a cumulative total of 476 inmates have been infected at the facility.

The Montana Department of Corrections reports of those cases, four are active, of which one inmate is hospitalized, and 472 cases are resolved.

This week’s death marks the fifth DOC inmate who has succumbed to the virus.