CDCR reports HDSP inmate COVID-19 death

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation reported Tuesday, Nov. 17, an inmate at High Desert State Prison has died due to his infection with the COVID-19 virus.

According to cdcr.ca.gov/covid19/population-status-tracking/, a total of 17,610 California inmates have been infected with the virus, including 1,467 new cases within the last 14 days. According to the website, 83 inmates also have died from the disease.

CDCR reports 317 active in custody COVID-19 cases at HDSP in the last 14 days, as of Wednesday morning, Nov. 18. HDSP has the second most infections among the state’s correctional institutions. Only the California Substance Abuse Facility and State Prison, Corcoran has more current infections with 479 active, in-custody infections, including 450 in the last 14 days.

A spokesperson for HDSP declined to comment. She said the inmate death was still under investigation and the coroner had not yet determined the cause of death.

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