Inmate at Federal Medical Center in Lexington dies from COVID-19

Posted at 3:50 PM, May 11, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-11 15:50:21-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — An inmate at the Federal Medical Center in Lexington has died.

Officials say on Thursday, April 30, 2020, inmate Juan Mata tested positive for COVID-19. After being admitted to the ICU days later, Mata ended up dying on Monday, May 11.

Authorities say Mata had long-term, pre-existing medical conditions which the CDC lists as risk factors for developing a more severe COVID-19 disease.

Mata, 59, was sentenced in the Western District of Texas to a 135-month sentence for conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute 500g or more of cocaine. He had been in the custody of FMC Lexington since July 30, 2014.

FMC Lexington is an Administrative security facility that currently houses 1,414 inmates.

There are now 411 confirmed cases in Fayette County, an increase of 22 from the day before. This includes 127 cases involving inmates at the Federal Medical Center, up 14 from Sunday. There are also now 10 deaths related to COVID-19 in Lexington.