COVID-19 outbreak infects 61 inmates, 5 staff at Iowa prison

July 7, 2020 GMT

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A coronavirus virus outbreak that has infected 61 inmates and five staff members at the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility has claimed the life of its first inmate there.

The Iowa Department of Corrections said in a news release Tuesday that 71-year-old Ray Allen Vanlengen was diagnosed with COVID-19 before he died Monday at the University of Iowa Hospital. He also had multiple preexisting medical conditions and had been serving up to 100 years in prison for four sexual abuse convictions from Black Hawk County. The earliest he was eligible to be released was January 2039.

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The prison has tested 480 inmates and the number of positive cases have been growing. Its outbreak is the largest in the state.