Another DOC inmate dies at Sussex Correctional Center from COVID-19 complications

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A total of 4 SCI inmates, including Patterson, and 7 inmates from James T. Vaughn Correctional Center have died from complications from COVID-19 and other underlying conditions over the past 5 months.

DOVER (DE): A 55 year-old inmate with underlying health conditions from Sussex Correctional Institution, died on Monday, September 7 at Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus from complications from COPD, diabetes, hypertension, and COVID-19., the Department of Correction says.

Charles R.J. Patterson, from Frankford, DE, has been in the custody of the Department of Corrections since 2016 and was serving a 6-year sentence for his 7th Offense DUI conviction.

According to a news release, Patterson was initially tested for COVID-19 on July 6 and tested positive as DOC administered testing of all SCI inmates as part of its aggressive COVID-19 mitigation efforts after a cluster of cases was identified through proactive monitoring and testing.

After his positive COVID-19 test result was returned, Patterson was transferred to the JTVCC COVID-19 Treatment Center.

As symptoms developed he was admitted to Bayhealth Hospital, Kent Campus for treatment on July 12, where his family has been engaged in treatment decision-making.

As Patterson’s condition continued to deteriorate he was placed on comfort care.  He was pronounced dead by hospital staff at 8:11 a.m. on September 7.

Patterson’s body was released to the Delaware Division of Forensic Science to determine cause of death.

Patterson was the only SCI inmate who still had active COVID-19 infection.  Meanwhile, the DOC says, 378 SCI inmates who contracted COVID-19 in July have recovered, meaning they have surpassed the CDC guidelines of exceeding 14 days without exhibiting any symptoms of illness.

A total of 4 SCI inmates, including Patterson, and 7 inmates from James T. Vaughn Correctional Center have died from complications from COVID-19 and other underlying conditions over the past 5 months.

All recovered inmates are receiving follow-up COVID-19 testing and must have two consecutive negative tests before returning to the general prison population.

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