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Twelfth Delaware inmate dies with COVID-19

Sophia Schmidt
Delaware Public Media

Another inmate at James T. Vaughn Correctional Center has died after contracting COVID-19. 

The state Department of Correction announced Wednesday that 54-year-old Jose Rivera died of complications from asthma, allergic rhinitis osteoarthritis and COVID-19. 

He’s the 12th person incarcerated in Delaware to die with the virus. 

A total of 262 inmates—mostly at Vaughn and Howard R. Young Correctional Institution—currently have the virus. Officials say only 27 of them are symptomatic. Thirteen are hospitalized. 


Sophia Schmidt is a Delaware native. She comes to Delaware Public Media from NPR’s Weekend Edition in Washington, DC, where she produced arts, politics, science and culture interviews. She previously wrote about education and environment for The Berkshire Eagle in Pittsfield, MA. She graduated from Williams College, where she studied environmental policy and biology, and covered environmental events and local renewable energy for the college paper.
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