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Two inmates died at a Lincoln hospital in recent days after testing positive for COVID-19, according to officials with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.

The inmates were both men — one in his 30s and the other in his 60s.

The younger inmate, who had underlying health conditions, had been convicted of attempted first-degree sexual assault of a child in Douglas County. The other man was convicted of possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) and possession of a deadly weapon by a prohibited person in Platte County.

Neither man's identity will be released, the department said.

As is the case whenever an inmate dies, a grand jury will conduct an investigation.

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