State's first prison inmate dies from COVID-19

Published: Apr. 22, 2020 at 12:05 PM EDT
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The state says the first prison inmate has died from the coronavirus.

The Department of Public Safety says the man first showed symptoms on April 8th and was isolated.

The man was housed at Pender Correctional Institution, a medium security prison in Burgaw.

The inmate, who was in his late 50s with underlying health conditions, was hospitalized on April 13th and he died Tuesday.

On Tuesday, county officials said four inmates at the prison have tested positive.

Across the state, there have been five outbreaks at correctional facilities with more than 650 confirmed cases. The largest is at Neuse Correctional Institution in Wayne County which is reporting 458 cases of the virus.