Broward Sheriff’s Office homicide detectives are investigating the death of an inmate who was hospitalized and being treated after recently testing positive for COVID-19.
The elderly inmate was pronounced deceased at Northwest Medical Center at approximately 3:28 p.m. on April 7. The inmate’s identity and arrest details are being withheld in order to protect his medical privacy.
When the inmate was arrested in mid-March, he showed no signs of COVID-19. On March 31, during a routine screening, the inmate refused a medical test (not related to COVID-19) recommended by the jail’s healthcare staff. As a result, he was transported from the jail’s infirmary to the hospital for evaluation and treatment. While at the hospital, he was tested for COVID-19 and confirmed positive on April 1.
Detectives said the inmate suffered from pre-existing medical conditions, and no foul play is suspected.
The Broward Medical Examiner’s Office will determine the cause and manner of death pending an examination.
The investigation continues.