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First coronavirus death in U.S. immigration detention reported

By Dennis Romero

SAN DIEGO - The first coronavirus-related death of a U.S. immigration detainee was reported by health officials Wednesday. The man was being held at a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center near the U.S.-Mexico border before being hospitalized, said Eric McDonald, a medical director at San Diego County's public health department. "We can confirm that we had a report this morning of a 57-year-old male detainee who had formerly been at the Otay Mesa Detention Facility and had been hospitalized since late April did die early this morning from complications of COVID," McDonald said.

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