North Carolina inmate who tested positive for COVID-19 dies

Published 5:49 am Thursday, November 5, 2020

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An elderly North Carolina prison inmate with pre-existing conditions and a positive COVID-19 test has died, officials said.

A news release from the N.C. Department of Public Safety on Wednesday said the 80-year-old unidentified inmate died at the Central Prison hospital on Tuesday.

According to the news release, the inmate tested positive for COVID-19 on Oct. 14 and was in the hospital when his condition worsened. Officials didn’t specify what the pre-existing conditions were, and cited confidentiality of offender records and the family’s right to privacy in not identifying him.

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The department reports the death was the third at the prison related to the COVID-19 pandemic and the 21st in the state prison system.



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