Three more inmate deaths in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice system were linked to COVID-19, TDCJ reported Wednesday.
Stephen Lewis Smith, serving a life sentence from Denton County, died on June 4 with medical evidence suggesting COVID-19 was a contributing factor in his death. Smith had previously tested positive for COVID-19.
Richard Calvin Gipson, 52, and Antonio Fernandez Ayala, 79, both also tested positive for COVID-19 and died with evidence suggesting COVID-19 as a contributing factor.
Those three deaths raise the number of TDCJ COVID-19 related deaths for inmates up to 72, with an additional 33 under investigation.
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To date, 7,611 inmates tested positive out of the 111,752 tested, according to TDCJ data published on Wednesday.