Inmate at Essex County Jail dies, cause of death not known, spokesman says

A 48-year-old man who was an Essex County inmate at the Essex County Correctional Facility died the afternoon of Wednesday, April 8, county spokesman Anthony Puglisi announced.

The inmate entered the ECCF July 17, 2019, and was placed in the facility’s infirmary April 4, 2020, after complaining of symptoms consistent with a urinary infection.

He was treated on-site by medical staff and remained under observation.

Ambulance/EMT services were called at 11:45 a.m., April 8, when his condition deteriorated.

In the interim, a medical response team from within the ECCF was activated and they provided medical first aid until 12:46 p.m., when the inmate was pronounced dead by the medical director at the ECCF.

The Essex County Medical Examiner has been contacted and will investigate further. The cause of death has not yet been determined.

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