Federal prison confirms another death, raises Fayette total to 13


LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Mayor Linda Gorton has confirmed another COVID-related death in Fayette County.

The death appears to be the same as one at the troubled Federal Medical Center in Lexington.

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According to the mayor, the death is the 12th in Fayette County since the coronavirus outbreak first began in early March.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which controls the 1,400-bed medical prison, the inmate who died is 62-year-old Fidel Torres who was serving 220 months from the Southern District of Texas on marijuana trafficking charges. He has been at FMC Lexington since Auguist 2010, according to the Bureau of Prisons.

In a post Thursday, Gorton said the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department confirmed the news bringing the total number of deaths to 13.

Gordon wrote on Twitter, “Please join me in keeping his friends and family in our thoughts and prayers, and let your green lights shine across our city tonight.”

According to the state website, there are a total of 376 deaths. You can view the latest numbers HERE.

Source: Mayor Linda Gorton


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