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Montana Department of Corrections confirms 2 COVID-19 inmate related deaths

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Posted at 10:51 AM, Nov 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-06 12:51:31-05

The Montana Department of Corrections announced Friday that two inmates, one from Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge and another from Crossroads Correctional Center in Shelby, died recently due to COVID-19-related complications.

One inmate passed away on Oct. 24th. The other passed away on Oct. 31st at Benefis Healthcare in Great Falls, where the inmate was transported from Crossroads to receive medical care.

The DOC is not releasing the names of the two inmates.

The death that occurred in Powell County will be reflected on the Friday, Nov. 6 state COVID-19 tracking map and on the DOC’s COVID-19 response web page.

The Toole County death was added to the state map on Nov. 1st.

COVID-19 was first identified in the state prison in mid-October. As of Friday, a total of 261 inmates have been infected at the facility.

Crossroads, a private, DOC-contract facility operated by CoreCivic, discovered cases of COVID-19 in the facility in September, and the cumulative total of inmates with COVID-19 is 260.