UMATILLA, Ore. -- Late Sunday night, the Oregon Department of Corrections reported its 27th adult-in-custody to die after testing positive for COVID-19.
DOC says that the man was incarcerated at Two Rivers Correctional Institution and passed away at a local hospital. They also say that the man was between 70 and 80 years old.
As with all in-custody deaths, the Oregon State Police have been notified, and a Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.
Department-wide, this is the twenty-seventh AIC to die who tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the Oregon Health Authority, the Two Rivers Correctional facility has been dealing with a Covid-19 outbreak since November 16, 2020 and has continued to experience new cases into the new year.
As of January 6, there has been a total of 215 coronavirus cases within their facility.
EDIT: An earlier version of this story indicated that this was the 27th inmate death at Two Rivers Correctional Facility. It has been corrected to clarify that this is the 27th COVID-related death in the Oregon state prison system.