OSWEGO — An autopsy revealed that a Labette County Jail inmate who had been diagnosed with COVID-19 and was found dead in his cell late last year suffered from several medical issues.

The 33-year-old inmate had tested positive for COVID-19 before Christmas. He was found dead in his cell on Dec. 28, 2020. The inmate was being held on a probation violation. He was quarantined in the cell with two other inmates who had tested positive.

On Dec. 28, 2020, the inmate turned in a medical slip to request to see the nurse that day. When it was his turn about 2:15 p.m. that day, his cellmates tried to rouse him from his bed and he did not wake up. The inmate was pronounced dead by medical personnel, Labette County Sheriff Darren Eichinger said at the time.

No foul play was suspected. Eichinger received the results of the inmate’s autopsy this week.

COVID-19 was listed as a contributing factor in the inmate’s death, according to Eichinger. The main cause of death was diabetic ketoacidosis. According to medical websites (Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, Webmd, American Diabetes Association), COVID places a diabetic patient at greater risk for complications, including ketoacidosis. This condition happens when high levels of acids called ketones build up in a person’s blood, causing the blood to become acidic. The inmate also had viral pneumonia and acute hemorrhagic esophagitis, Eichinger said.

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