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State Reports First Inmate Death At NC Prison

The state says an inmate at a medium security prison in Burgaw died Tuesday from complications due to COVID-19.  The inmate, which was housed at Pender Correctional Institution, was in their 50s and had underlying health conditions.

“This is a sad day as all human life is precious," said Todd Ishee, Commissioner of Prisons with the N.C. Department of Public Safety.  "The health and safety of our staff and the men and women in our custody is of the utmost importance to us.”

According to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Service's website, there are outbreaks at five correctional institutions in North Carolina– the largest of which is at Neuse Correctional Institution in Wayne County where more than 450 inmates and staff have tested positive for COVID-19.

Jared Brumbaugh is the Assistant General Manager for Public Radio East. An Eastern North Carolina native, Jared began his professional public radio career at Public Radio East while he was a student at Craven Community College earning his degree in Electronics Engineering Technology. During his 15+ years at Public Radio East, he has served as an award-winning journalist, producer, and on-air host. When not at the station, Jared enjoys hiking, traveling, and honing his culinary skills.