DOC: 1 confirmed COVID-19 death, 1 possible COVID-19 death at Mount Olive

FAYETTE COUNTY, W.Va. — The state Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation has confirmed COVID-19 was a “complicating factor” in the death of an inmate at Mount Olive Correctional Complex in Fayette County and a likely factor in an additional inmate death.

The first inmate, a man who was 73, died in July in the prison site’s infirmary due to what was originally classified as an underlying health condition.

His official death certificate, which included COVID-19 as a factor, was returned Tuesday, according to DOC.

As of Wednesday, official confirmation was also pending of a preliminary determination that COVID-19 was the reason for death of another inmate, a man who was 54, who died on Sept. 13 at an outside hospital.

That man was also reported to have an underlying health condition and had tested positive for COVID-19 in August.

On Tuesday afternoon, the Division of Corrections reported positive COVID-19 cases in 24 inmates at Mount Olive along with additional positives for staff members.

Elsewhere, in August, an inmate, age 40, who was being held at the South Central Regional Jail died at an outside hospital due to complications from COVID-19.

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