State prison offender dies after testing positive for COVID-19


RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT) A Pender Correctional Institution offender with pre-existing medical conditions, who tested positive for COVID-19, has died at a hospital.

“His death is tragic, and we are continuing to work hard to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in our prisons,” said Todd Ishee, Commissioner of Prisons. “The health and safety of the staff and the offender population is our top priority.”

The offender was tested for COVID-19 before he was hospitalized on October 20.

His positive test result was received the next day. His condition worsened and he died on October 28.

The offender was a male in his mid-50s who had underlying health conditions.

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