RALEIGH, NC (WITN) – A Maury probation officer died Thursday night at a hospital after testing positive for COVID-19 last month.
The North Carolina Department of Public Safety says the man, in his early 60s, already had pre-existing medical conditions and was unvaccinated. He tested positive for the virus on January 26 and was admitted on February 2.
DPS says because of his family’s right to privacy and the confidentiality of the jailer’s records, it will not identify the man. The department says an initial review indicates that COVID-19 was likely the cause or at least a contributing factor to his death. The final decision will be made by the Chief Medical Examiner’s North Carolina Office.
Records from the DPS say the man was the 58th inmate in North Carolina to die of COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic, but the first at MCI. Greene Correctional has had three COVID-19 deaths, and Nash Correctional and Neuse Correctional have each had four.
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