ANSON COUNTY, N.C. — Officials say an inmate from the Anson County Correctional Institution has died after testing positive for COVID-19. Officials with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety say the offender had pre-existing medical conditions and died at the hospital.
“Her death is saddening, and we continue to work hard to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in our prisons,” says Todd Ishee, Commissioner of Prisons. “The health and safety of the staff and the offender population is our top priority.”
Officials say the inmate was hospitalized on November 10th, tested for COVID-19, and the positive results were received on November 16th. Her condition reportedly worsened and she died on November 18th, according to a news release.
The inmate was in her late 40’s but her name will not be released due to her family’s right to privacy and the confidentially of prison offender records, according to the Department of Public Safety. Click HERE to see what the North Carolina prison system is doing to try to prevent transmission of the virus.