The Colorado Department of Corrections (CDOC) announced on Tuesday evening, Nov. 17, that a 57-year-old male inmate from the Fremont Correctional Facility has died at the Parkview Medical in Pueblo after experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.
The announcement was made by DOC Public Information Officer Annie Skinner, but given medical privacy laws, the CDOC is unable to release the inmate’s name.
The Fremont Correctional Facility has been on Phase III modified operations since Oct. 6, 2020.
The CDOC says that it has been conducting regular staff testing over the last several months, in coordination with medical and public health experts. It has also been conducting inmate surveillance testing in order to identify and quarantine those who are positive, to mitigate the spread of the virus within the facilities. The vast majority of inmates that have tested positive have been asymptomatic or had minor symptoms.
Skinner also confirmed that the Fremont Correctional Facility has continued to undergo extensive cleaning multiple times a day and staff and inmates are all required to wear face coverings in the facility at all times.
Additional information about the CDOC’s operational response to COVID-19 can be found at:
Annie Skinner Public Information Officer