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One Buena Vista Correctional Complex inmate is dead of COVID-19, Colorado Department of Corrections public information officer Annie Skinner confirmed Monday.

The 61-year-old inmate died Dec. 19 at Memorial Hospital in Colorado Springs.

The inmate was transported to the hospital on Dec. 13 with COVID-19-like symptoms. Cause of death was confirmed as COVID-19 on Dec. 20.

An ongoing outbreak at Buena Vista Correctional Complex, which began Oct. 21, has affected 217 inmates and 41 staff members to date.

This incident is the first death due to COVID-19 at the prison.

A previous outbreak which ran from July 10-Sept. 15, affected 197 inmates and 16 staff members.

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