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73-year-old inmate at Federal Medical Center dies after testing positive for COVID-19 back in May

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Posted at 8:35 AM, Aug 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-03 14:58:26-04

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

Officials say on Friday, May 29, 73-year-old Gerald Porter tested positive for COVID-19 and was immediately placed on isolation at the FMC. On July 10, Porter was released from isolation after two COVID-19 negative tests. On July 22, Porter was admitted to a local hospital due to a stroke, where his condition continued to deteriorate.

Porter died on July 29. Officials say he had pre-existing medical conditions. J. Michael Brown, Secretary of the Governor's Executive Cabinet, said at the time, that there were 53 staff members and 379 inmates with active coronavirus cases in Kentucky prisons.

Porter was sentenced in the Eastern District of Virginia to a 144-month sentence for Receipt of Images of Minors Engaging in Sexually Explicit Conduct. He had been in the custody of FMC Lexington since December 18, 2017.

FMC Lexington is an Administrative security facility that currently houses 1,274 offenders.