Federal prison in Louisiana reports first COVID-19 death
NEW ORLEANS - A federal prison in Louisiana has reported its first death due to COVID-19.
Accodring to the Washington Post, Patrick Jones, 49, was the first inmate in the Federal Bureau of Prisons to test positive for Covid-19 on March 19, and was the first to die from the virus.
Jones was transferred to a hospital from a low-security United States federal prison for male inmates located in Oakdale, La. Jones was placed on a ventilator the next day.
Jones had "long-term, pre-existing medical conditions" that were considered as risk factors for developing a severe coronavirus illness. He died Saturday at the hospital.
The inmate was serving a 27-year sentence for drug trafficking. In 2017 he was found guilty of possession with intent to distribute half a kilogram of crack cocaine within 1,000 feet of a junior college.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Students and parents prepare for a virtual school year in EBR Parish
Reports: Fall college football on shaky ground, Power 5 ponders postponing season
Police investigate shooting at Congress Blvd. condo complex
Schools in Ascension Parish preparing for first day of class on Monday
Trailer containing original artwork, said to be worth thousands, allegedly stolen from...