Inmate dies, 80-plus others infected in his prison complex


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BUTNER, N.C. (AP) — An 81-year-old inmate in North Carolina has died after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

Charles Richard Rootes died Saturday after receiving treatment for the virus for over two weeks, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said in a news release.

He was diagnosed with the virus on March 26 after being taken to a hospital for respiratory failure.

Roots were serving a 99-year sentence after being convicted last year of kidnapping, rape, and theft.

As of Sunday, more than 80 people, including 22 employees, have been diagnosed with the virus in the prison complex that housed Rootes, The News & Observer reported.

Butner Prison Complex’s medium-security facility, which houses 641 men, currently has more than 40 inmates who have tested positive for the virus.

There are 10 other confirmed coronavirus cases among inmates at Butner’s low-security facility.

North Carolina’s total caseload rose by 404 cases in 24 hours over the weekend, to 4,312 infected people, with 80 confirmed deaths, the state’s Department of Health and Human Services reported.

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