Almost 1,300 prisoners and more than 400 employees in a Texas criminal justice system have tested positive for the new coronavirus in the United States.
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Twenty-two inmates have died, while 371 have recovered, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ).
It is also said that the virus could be the cause of death of three more Texas inmates.
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Two of the people died at Hospital Galveston, one of the department’s medical facilites, while the third, who was serving a sentence at a unit in New Boston, died at a local hospital.
Michael Milligan, 64, and Paul Brown, 55, both died on April 26 at Hospital Galveston, where they were transferred there from units in Rosharon and Huntsville, respectively.
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Milligan served seven years of a 30-year sentence out of Tarrant County, while Brown served seven years of a 50-year sentence out of Orange County.
Frederick Ebenal died April 23 at local hospital near where he was housed in New Boston.
The TDCJ said he tested negative for the virus five days earlier, but a later test came back positive. Ebenal served 28 years of a 48-year sentence out of Tom Green County.
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The families of all the three men refused autopsies. However, the TDCJ said medical evidence suggested that coronavirus was the preliminary cause of death.