Two inmates died of COVID-19 on Thursday

(University of Nebraska Medical Center)
Published: Aug. 13, 2021 at 4:34 AM CDT|Updated: Aug. 13, 2021 at 2:02 PM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - The Nebraska Department of Correctional Services announced that two inmates died due to COVID-19 on Thursday after being hospitalized.

One of the inmates was his 50s, while the other inmate was in his 40s.

According to Nebraska Department of Corrections Director Scott Frakes, the inmates tested positive for COVID-19 prior to their hospitalizations. In addition to the virus, both inmates had underlying medical conditions.

The inmate in his 40s was sentenced for second degree murder, theft and a weapon charge out of Douglas County.

The inmate in his 50′s was sentenced for possession of child pornography out of Box Butte County.

NDCS said for the privacy of the families, as well as to maintain the confidentiality of the two men’s medical records, NDCS is not releasing the names of the men.

NDCS said as is the case whenever an inmate dies in state custody, a grand jury will conduct an investigation.

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