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NC prisoner with virus dies; state cases reach daily record

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A North Carolina prisoner with COVID-19 died over the weekend. The Department of Public Safety announced on Monday that the unnamed male offender in his late 70s at Greene Correctional Institution died at a hospital on Saturday. The department says he wasn't vaccinated. Prisoners are encouraged but not required to receive COVID-19 vaccines. An initial review shows COVID-19 was likely the cause of death or at least a contributing factor. The death marked the first offender death related to the virus since May. Statewide there were over 19,600 positive COVID-19 cases reported on Saturday. That marked the third record one-day increase for the pandemic last week.