By the Associated Press:
State prison officials say a fifth inmate has died from COVID-19.
The Kansas Department of Corrections announced Thursday that 68-year-old Junior Lee Chrismon died from the coronavirus. Chrismon tested positive for COVID-19 Aug. 15 and was taken from Larned Correctional Facility to a hospital, where he died Monday.
The agency says Chrismon had underlying health conditions. He was in prison for drug charges out of Montgomery County.
Four inmates at Lansing Correctional Facility have also died from the virus, as well as two staff members at Lansing and an employee from the Topeka Correctional Facility.