ALEXANDER COUNTY, N.C. — An offender housed at Alexander Correctional Institution who tested positive for COVID-19 has died at the hospital as a result of pre-existing medical conditions complicated by the novel coronavirus.
The Commissioner of Prisons Todd Ishee made the following statement about the COVID-19 related death:
“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.”
“We sympathize with the offender’s family, as losing a loved one is hard enough, but especially so during the holiday season.”
The offender was hospitalized on December 7 after testing positive for COVID-19 the same day. Officials say his condition worsened, and he died Thursday, December 31.
According to a news release, the offender was a male in his early-70s who had underlying health conditions. Given his family’s right to privacy and the confidentiality of prison offender records, the Department of Public Safety will not further identify the individual.
Information On NC Prisons’ Protocol With COVID-19:
Prisons leadership has taken more than four dozen actions throughout the North Carolina prison system to try to prevent transmission of the virus. Those actions, along with offender testing information that is updated daily, are found here.