ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - A fifth inmate has died after testing positive for COVID-19 at Alexander Correctional Institution.
The inmate tested positive on Dec. 17. He was hospitalized on Dec. 24. His condition worsened, and he died on Jan 11.
The inmate was a male in his mid-70s who had underlying health conditions.
“We continue working diligently to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in our prisons because the health and safety of the staff and the offender population continues to be our top priority,” said Todd Ishee, Commissioner of Prisons. “We sympathize with the offender’s family, as losing a loved one is hard enough, but especially so during the holiday season.”
Given his family’s right to privacy and the confidentiality of prison offender records, the Department of Public Safety says it will not further identify the most recent inmate who died.