Coronavirus was a contributing factor in a 50-year-old inmate’s death

GRAND RAPIDS — Coronavirus was a contributing factor in a 50-year-old inmate’s death following a fall at the Kent County Jail, authorities said.

Kent County Jail administrators issued a statement Thursday, Nov. 19 about the death of Carlos Anthony Davis on Tuesday.

Davis began showing COVID-19 symptoms on Nov. 8 and moved to an isolation cell at that time. He tested positive for COVID-19.

Jail administrators said he was then seen daily by medical staff and his symptoms subsided.

But on Thursday, about 9 p.m., he was walking to his cell when he had some type of medical emergency. He fell down a flight of stairs, investigators said.

Davis was immediately given aid and, according to jail staff, he was alert and talking clearly to deputies before he was taken by ambulance to Spectrum Health Butterworth Hospital for further treatment. At the hospital, he had further medical complications and died at 10:07 p.m.

According to investigators, an autopsy showed he died of natural causes, namely “acute pulmonary thromboemboli due to probable deep vein thrombosis. The condition is a blood clot that causes a blockage in a lung artery.

The autopsy also listed “other significant conditions of COVID-19,” as a factor.

Davis was one of only five inmates since March to test positive for COVID-19 at the jail. The jail has an inmate population of nearly 800.

Davis was booked into the jail Sept. 17 on a drug charge and was serving his sentence when he died. He was expected to be released in late May.

Jail administrators say they take significant precautions to prevent COVID-19 cases at the jail, including a 14-day quarantine period for people entering the general population of inmates. Routine cleaning also is done.

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