Two Albemarle inmates die of COVID-19 complications, marking 7th and 8th in N.C.

Two Albemarle inmates die of COVID-19 complications, marking 7th and 8th in N.C.
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ALBEMARLE, N.C. (WBTV) - Two inmates housed at the Albemarle Correctional Institution who tested positive for COVID-19 died at the hospital on Thursday, according to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety.

Both inmates had pre-existing health conditions complicated by the coronavirus.

The first inmate was a male in his early 60s who had underlying health conditions. The man’s name will not be released.

Officials say he tested positive on June 22 and was hospitalized on July 1. His condition worsened and he died on Thursday.

The second inmate was a male in his early seventies who had underlying health conditions. The man’s name will not be released.

Officials say he tested positive when he was hospitalized on July 2. His condition worsened, and the he died at the hospital on July 24, 2020.

“His death is a tragedy, and we are working hard to manage the impact of COVID-19 in our prisons,” said Todd Ishee, Commissioner of Prisons. “The health and safety of the staff and the offenders in our custody remains our top priority.”

These are the seventh and eighth coronavirus deaths of an individual in custody at a North Carolina state prison.

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