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Conn. reprots 22 COVID-related deaths, including inmate

State officials reported Thursday 22 more deaths from COVID-19 since last week, bringing the total number of Connecticut deaths during the pandemic to 8,416. The state reports deaths only on Thursdays.

The number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 dropped by 10 to 354 since Wednesday. Of the people now hospitalized, 262, or 74%, are not fully vaccinated.

The Public Health Department said 9,875 people who were fully vaccinated have contracted the virus as of Thursday. More than 378,000 total infections have been reported in the state since the pandemic began.

A 78-year-old state prison inmate has died after contracting the coronavirus for a second time, the Department of Correction said Thursday.

The male prisoner was detained at the MacDougall-Walker Correctional Institution in Suffield and died early Wednesday morning. Officials said he had several underlying health issues and had recovered from his first coronavirus infection last December.

Prison officials said the inmate was brought to hospital on Aug. 9 and test positive a second time. He was treated and returned to the prison on Aug. 16.

The inmate, who was serving a 40-year sentence for sexual assault and risk of injury to a minor, was the first state prisoner to die from COVID-19 since January and the 20th inmate to die during the pandemic.


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