OSWEGO — A Labette County Jail inmate who had tested positive for COVID-19 before Christmas was found dead Monday in his cell, Sheriff Darren Eichinger said.

The inmate, a 33-year-old man held on a probation violation, tested positive for COVID-19 a few days before Christmas and was quarantined in a cell with two other inmates who had tested positive. 

Eichinger said the inmate had turned in a medical slip to request to see the nurse on Monday. When it was his turn about 2:15 p.m. Monday, the cellmates tried to rouse the inmate from his bed and he did not wake up. The inmate was pronounced dead, Eichinger said.

Eichinger said no foul play is suspected but an autopsy has been requested. 

When a jail inmate dies, the Kansas Bureau of Investigation is called in to investigate. The KBI inquiry is still underway.

As of late last week, 33 Labette County Jail inmates have tested positive for COVID. One inmate so far has been hospitalized and remains there. He has improved, Eichinger said.

The jail holds more than 80 inmates but had only 56 inmates on Thursday.

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