2 Cummins Unit inmates die from COVID-19

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1st inmate deaths in Arkansas

Cummins Unit State Prison

Cummins Unit State Prison

ARKANSAS (KNWA/KFTA) — Two state prison inmates who were hospitalized at Jefferson Regional Medical Center in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, died Saturday, May 2.

Governor Asa Hutchinson confirmed both male inmates were in their 60s. One was African-American and the other was white. Both died at the medical center.

These are the first two inmate deaths in the state of Arkansas.

Nearly 900 inmates have tested positive for the new coronavirus, in addition to more than 60 employees, according to the Arkansas Department of Corrections website.

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