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Fort Dodge inmate dies, officials probing if linked to COVID-19

The Fort Dodge Correctional Facility in an undated file photo.
The Fort Dodge Correctional Facility in an undated file photo.(KCCI)
Published: Jul. 13, 2020 at 5:17 PM CDT
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FORT DODGE, Iowa (KCRG) - An inmate at a north-central Iowa state prison died after experiencing a medical emergency over the weekend, according to officials.

Ronald Eugene Holdsworth, 62, was pronounced dead on Saturday, July 11, while being transported via ambulance from the Fort Dodge Correctional Facility to nearby UnityPoint Health-Trinity Hospital, according to the Iowa Department of Corrections. He had suffered an undisclosed medical emergency earlier in the day.

Corrections officials said that Holdsworth had multiple preexisting medical conditions, but that an official cause of death had not yet been determined. An autopsy will be conducted, including determining if COVID-19 was a contributing factor to his death.

Holdsworth, convicted in Boone County, was serving a 25-year sentence for second-degree sexual abuse.

The Fort Dodge state prison is the location of the state’s largest outbreak of the disease at a correctional facility. The latest test results from the facility showed 186 inmates infected along with 16 staff members. Four of the staff are considered recovered from the disease.

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