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Rikers Island inmate dies of coronavirus

Rikers Island
Posted at 9:52 PM, Apr 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-05 21:56:01-04

NEW YORK — Weeks after the first inmate coronavirus diagnosis at Rikers, a detainee died Sunday at at Bellevue Hospital, officials said.

Hundreds of inmates had been released from city jails to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Prisons and jails are considered a potential epicenter the pandemic because many people share space.

"Our deepest condolences go out to the detainee's family in their time of grief," Department of Correction Deputy Commissioner of Public Information Peter Thorne said. "The safety and well-being of those in our custody remains our number one priority."

The detainee was hospitalized on March 26.