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Death in Cumberland brings Maryland inmate COVID-19 fatalities to 19, officials say

An inmate at the Western Correctional Institution was pronounced dead due to complications of COVID-19, the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services confirmed on Friday.

The department has not yet released the person’s age or when the victim was hospitalized after contracting the coronavirus. The statewide total of inmates who have fatally fallen victim to coronavirus has now increased to 19.

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The Western Correctional Institution in Cumberland has had the most deaths of inmates due to COVID-19 — at four — of any facility in the state, according to department numbers.

Maryland saw five inmates die of COVID-19 in December; three of them were housed in the Western Correctional Institution. That facility has seen a total of 256 inmates who have tested positive for the virus, according to department numbers.

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There have been 118 more positive cases among incarcerated people and 76 more positive cases among staff statewide since Monday, according to an analysis from Marc Schindler, executive director of the Justice Policy Institute.

Eastern Correctional Institution in Somerset County, where 954 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19, has the most confirmed cases for inmates in the state, according to department numbers.

A total of 3,377 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 in Maryland, according to department numbers.

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