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48-year-old inmate at Federal Medical Center dies from COVID-19, 35 new cases in Lexington

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Posted at 10:16 AM, Jun 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-05 10:25:13-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — An inmate at the Federal Medical Center has died after testing positive for COVID-19.

Officials say 48-year-old Stephen Cook tested positive for coronavirus on Wednesday, May 13, and placed in isolation. Six days later, he was taken to a local hospital for further evaluation and treatment. On Friday, May 29, his condition declined; he was placed on a ventilator, and on Wednesday, June 3, he died at the hospital.

Cook was sentenced in the Western District of Tennessee to 30 years in prison for Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute Marijuana. He had been in custody at FMC Lexington since May 7, 2013.

There have been five total deaths at the Federal Medical Center, which currently houses 1,354 offenders.

Lexington now has 847 total cases of COVID-19, an increase of 35 from Thursday, with no new cases from the Federal Medical Center. Officials say this marks the single largest one-day increase of COVID-19 cases not connected to FMC inmates. There are also a total of 14 deaths related to COVID-19 in Fayette County.