Update: Third prisoner Covid-19 death announced Sunday; two known to be from Covid-19.
Update Sunday from the Dept. of Corrections as follows:
"Earlier this morning, one inmate each was pronounced dead at Jefferson Regional Medical Center and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. Both inmates were undergoing treatment for COVID-related symptoms. Both inmates had pre-existing conditions susceptible to COVID-19. One inmate was on a ventilator at the time of his death. One of the inmates was serving a 30 year sentence and the other was serving Life Without Parole."
"Also, on Sunday a third inmate from the Cummins Unit passed away in the unit’s infirmary. The inmate had been taken there after collapsing in front of correctional officers. It is not believed that this inmate’s death is related COVID-19. An autopsy was requested to confirm the cause and manner of the inmate’s death."
From Friday, May 1 as follows:
Late on Friday, May 1, 2020, and early in the morning on Saturday, May 2, 2020, two inmates were pronounced dead at Jefferson Regional Medical Center, according to a press statement released Saturday by media contact Soloman Graves of the Department of Corrections.
The statement said both inmates were undergoing treatment for COVID-related symptoms. One of the inmates was on a ventilator at the time of his death. Both inmates were in their 60s and serving Life Sentences. The Division of Corrections will continue to coordinate with the Department of Health while responding to COVID-19.
Within all entities of the Department of Corrections, there are currently 858 inmates, and 65 employees , under a COVID-related quarantine.