WEST PALM BEACH, Florida – A Mexican detained in the United States in Florida has died shortly after being tested positive for coronavirus, officials said on Monday.
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Onoval Perez-Montufa, 51, died Sunday afternoon in a Palm Beach county hospital, according to an American press release on immigration and customs. He tested positive for COVID-19 on July 2 at the Glades County Detention Center in Moore Haven, west of Lake Okeechobee. The facility’s medical staff started treating him a day earlier after he complained of shortness of breath.
Perez-Montufa was first taken into custody on June 15 after his release from Massachusetts federal prison, where he had served 12 years for distributing cocaine. He was detained by the ICE pending his return to Mexico.
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An El Salvador man died in May after being tested positive for a coronavirus at an ICE facility in San Diego, California. A Guatemalan man died later that month in a facility in Lumpkin, Georgia.