Prison employee dies in Kansas coronavirus outbreak

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George “Bernie” Robare (Photo from Robare family)

WICHITA, Kan. (AP/KSNW) – A coronavirus outbreak that has sickened hundreds of people at the largest prison in Kansas has claimed the life of an employee.

Kansas Corrections Department spokeswoman Rebecca Witte said the Lansing Correctional Facility employee died Monday.

family members say George “Bernie” Robare had coronavirus.

Robare’s family says he began feeling sick April 22 and tested positive for coronavirus on April 24. He died Monday.

Robare had worked at LCF for 35 years. He was from Bonner Springs. He and his wife Susan had been married for 38 years.

Three inmates have already died at the prison near Kansas City. Testing of all staff and inmates is underway. So far, 88 staff members and 694 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.

Of the inmates who have the virus, 86% showed no symptoms. Six other Kansas prisons have reported outbreaks resulting in nine staff members and five inmates testing positive.

The KDOC Peer Support Team will be available for any staff members who need additional support in dealing with the loss.

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