Another Lansing Correctional Facility inmate with COVID-19 has died, the Kansas Department of Corrections reported.
The inmate, who had underlying health conditions, died Wednesday. He was a man over the age of 60. His name was not released.
He had been at the University of Kansas Hospital, Kansas City, Kansas, since Friday, according to a news release from the KDOC.
The official manner of death for all COVID-19 deaths is natural causes, according to the news release.
The inmate was serving a life sentence for charges that included two counts of robbery, five counts of aggravated burglary, four counts of kidnapping, 12 counts of rape, two counts of sexual battery, three counts of aggravated criminal sodomy and two counts of drug possession. He had been imprisoned with the Kansas Department of Corrections since 1999.
He is the second LCF inmate to die after testing positive for the coronavirus.
The KDOC reported Wednesday afternoon that 76 LCF inmates have tested positive for the virus.
According to a KDOC website, 49 of the inmates have recovered from COVID-19.
The KDOC also reported Wednesday that 75 employees at LCF have tested positive for the virus. Fifteen of them have been able to return to work.
The Leavenworth County Health Department reported Wednesday that the total number of people in the county who have tested positive for the coronavirus has reached 197.
Wednesday’s update from the Health Department comes as many are looking toward an easing of COVID-19-related restrictions that may allow businesses to start reopening.
The office of Gov. Laura Kelly has announced she will deliver an address at 6:30 p.m. Thursday to unveil her plan to reopen the state.
Local officials believe statewide restrictions may be eased, possibly starting next week, in favor of measures being imposed at the county level.
Ahead of the governor’s remarks, Leavenworth County commissioners are scheduled to meet at 9 a.m. today to discuss the county’s response to COVID-19.
Late Wednesday afternoon, the county released a document that is part of a reopening plan for the county that will be discussed during this morning’s meeting.
The document lays out a three-phase plan that includes various restrictions for businesses and other organizations.
County buildings, along with local city buildings, have been closed to the public for several weeks in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus.
County Administrator Mark Loughry stated Wednesday in an email to the Times that the county government may start reopening offices to the public next week.