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69-year-old inmate at Federal Medical Center in Lexington dies from COVID-19

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Posted at 12:36 PM, Jun 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-10 12:39:31-04

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

Authorities say on Thursday, May 7, inmate Charles Woolsey tested positive and was admitted to a local hospital due to shortness of breath. The 69-year-old was placed on a ventilator the next day after his condition declined. On May 25, Woolsey was placed on a ventilator trach and then died at the hospital on June 9.

Officials say Woolsey had an unnamed pre-existing medical condition, which the CDC lists as a risk factor for developing more severe COVID-19 disease.

Woolsey was sentenced in the Southern District of Indiana to a 50-year prison sentence for Possession of 500 Grams or More of Methamphetamine (mixture), Possession with Intent to Distribute Cocaine, Possession of Marijuana, Possession of a Firearm in Furtherance of Drug Trafficking, and Prohibited Person in Possession of a Firearm.

He had been in custody at the Federal Medical Complex (FMC) Lexington since July 5, 2017.

Five inmates at FMC Lexington have died from COVID-19. The administrative security facility currently houses 1,335 offenders.