Three inmates at Snake River Correctional Institution died between Saturday, Oct. 3 and Monday, Oct. 5 after they tested positive for Covid. (FILE/The Enterprise)

ONTARIO – Three inmates at Snake River Correctional Institution died between Saturday and Monday after each tested positive for Covid, the Oregon Department of Corrections said.

The agency reported an inmate between the age of 75 and 85 died Saturday, Oct. 3. On Sunday, Oct. 4, an inmate between the age of 60 and 70 died and Monday, Oct. 5, a third inmate, between the age of 65 and 75, died.

During the pandemic, the agency has discontinued its practice of identifying inmates who died.

So far, eight individuals from Snake River Correctional Institution who tested positive for Covid have died.

Monday, the prison reported 424 positive Covid tests among inmates and 148 staff infections of the virus. The state medical examiner determines the cause of death of an inmate, not the agency.

Snake River Correctional Institution, the state's largest prison, currently houses 2,753 inmates.

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