An inmate from the Massachusetts Treatment Center in Bridgewater died Thursday after being treated for COVID-19 at a hospital, the state Department of Correction said.


State officials declined to provide the inmate’s name. He was in his 50s with “underlying health conditions” and his next of kin have been notified.

The inmate was the first known death in the state prison system related to the virus, part of a spreading contagion in the Massachusetts Treatment Center where the first case was announced nearly two weeks ago.

On Thursday, state officials said 23 inmates, as well as three DOC staff members and a medical provider at the facility, were confirmed with the virus.

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