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Resident Death at Kansas Correctional Facility
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TOPEKA – An  Ellsworth Correctional Facility resident who died Monday, Oct. 19, had tested positive for COVID-19. This is the sixth resident death related to COVID-19 in Kansas, the first at ECF. 


The resident tested positive on Sept. 26, at which time he was moved to the Lansing Correctional Facility COVID-19 Management Unit.  Three days later he was transported from LCF to the hospital.   


The resident’s family has asked that his name not be released.  He was a 60-year-old black male with underlying medical concerns that contributed to his condition. 


This resident was serving a life sentence based on four sex crime convictions from Wyandotte County. 


The Ellsworth Correctional Facility opened in 1988. Serving only males, the Central Unit provides housing for 820 multi-custody residents and the East Unit provides housing for 95 minimum-custody residents.


For current information on COVOID-19 in Kansas, and to sign up for updates, go to the KDHE COVID-19 Resource Center at  For information on KDOC’s response to COVID-19, visit