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Federal prison in Louisiana reports first COVID-19 death

4 months 1 week 4 days ago Sunday, March 29 2020 Mar 29, 2020 March 29, 2020 5:24 PM March 29, 2020 in News
Source: Washington Post

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.

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