Idaho reports first inmate COVID death

The Idaho Department of Correction reported its first inmate death due to the coronavirus.

65-year-old Frank Conover, who was convicted on drug possession and trafficking charges in Nez Perce County was taken from the Idaho State Correctional Center near Kuna to a Boise hospital July 22 for emergency treatment.

While at the hospital, he tested positive for COVID-19 while being treated for other serious underlying health conditions. He succumbed to the illness Wednesday morning.

Idaho prisons saw their first confirmed case of COVID-19 on June 24th.

As of Tuesday, 2,028 state prisoners in Idaho have been tested for COVID-19. Of those, 60 were positive with symptoms, 218 were positive without symptoms, 121 are still pending and 503 are inactive — meaning positive cases that have either been medically cleared or have been released from custody. (Lewiston Tribune)

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