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Iowa Department of Corrections confirms 9th inmate death due to COVID-19 – KCCI Des Moines

The Iowa Department of Corrections announced Monday that a ninth inmate died due to COVID-19 complications.According to a news release from the department, 59-year-old Timothy Christopher Bryant died Sunday due to “complications related to COVID-19 and other preexisting medical conditions.”The Department of Corrections said it transported Bryant from Anamosa State Penitentiary to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics days earlier due to his worsening health.Bryant had been serving a life sentence for first-degree kidnapping out of Polk County. The AFSCME Council, along with Iowa Rep. Wes Breckenridge and Sen. Rich Taylor, gathered to express concerns about unsafe work conditions and possible causes of COVID-19 spread in Iowa prisons.Taylor accused Gov. Kim Reynolds of ignoring prison outbreaks.AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan said he witnessed a lack of enforced mitigation efforts himself.“I myself have witnessed inmates out working in the works program and not having masks on, or out in the fields and not having masks on,” Homan said. “So, I believe they’re basically supposed to have on masks and a face shield (and) it just doesn’t happen.”Breckenridge voiced concerns about the protection of staff already strained at the state’s correctional facilities and emphasized the enforcement of mitigation efforts in correctional facilities and the community.The Iowa Department of Corrections told KCCI in a statement that it is maintaining its supply of N95 respirators.The department also said it expanded use of N95 respirators to anyone working in units with inmates that might contain COVID-positive inmates.

The Iowa Department of Corrections announced Monday that a ninth inmate died due to COVID-19 complications.

According to a news release from the department, 59-year-old Timothy Christopher Bryant died Sunday due to “complications related to COVID-19 and other preexisting medical conditions.”

The Department of Corrections said it transported Bryant from Anamosa State Penitentiary to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics days earlier due to his worsening health.

Bryant had been serving a life sentence for first-degree kidnapping out of Polk County.

The AFSCME Council, along with Iowa Rep. Wes Breckenridge and Sen. Rich Taylor, gathered to express concerns about unsafe work conditions and possible causes of COVID-19 spread in Iowa prisons.

Taylor accused Gov. Kim Reynolds of ignoring prison outbreaks.

AFSCME Council 61 President Danny Homan said he witnessed a lack of enforced mitigation efforts himself.

“I myself have witnessed inmates out working in the works program and not having masks on, or out in the fields and not having masks on,” Homan said. “So, I believe they’re basically supposed to have on masks and a face shield (and) it just doesn’t happen.”

Breckenridge voiced concerns about the protection of staff already strained at the state’s correctional facilities and emphasized the enforcement of mitigation efforts in correctional facilities and the community.

The Iowa Department of Corrections told KCCI in a statement that it is maintaining its supply of N95 respirators.

The department also said it expanded use of N95 respirators to anyone working in units with inmates that might contain COVID-positive inmates.

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