COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) – A 57-year-old Mexican who was held in immigration detention in southwest Georgia has died as a result of COVID-19, according to federal authorities.

Felipe Montes died early Saturday in a Columbus hospital of “cardiopulmonary arrest as a result of complications from coronavirus disease,” according to a press release from the US Immigration and Customs Service. Montes entered ICE custody on December 28 and was held in Stewart Detention Center in Lumpkin until January 10 when he was hospitalized.

Montes was the fourth inmate to be held at the immigration detention center in southwest Georgia, according to the ICE website, and died after testing positive for COVID-19. A total of nine people who tested positive for the coronavirus died in federal immigration custody.

The Stewart Detention Center had registered a total of 474 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the middle of last week, followed by La Palma Correctional Facility in Eloy, Arizona, which had 544 confirmed cases.

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