Federal Medical has first coronavirus death in weeks

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – After not reporting a death in several weeks, the Federal Medical Center in Lexington has recorded another coronavirus-related prisoner death.

According to the federal Bureau of Prisons, 70-year-old Daniel Morris died Wednesday, 10 days after coming back to the prison from a hospital because his condition had improved.

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It was the seventh coronavirus-related death at the prison.

Morris had been at the Lexington medical facility since Dec. 18, 2018, serving 46-month sentence for from the Northern Ohio district for conspiracy to commit program fraud and mail fraud, money laundering conspiracy and aggravated identity theft, accordin to the prison.

Morris, who had a pre-exiting medical condition, tested positive for COVID-19 on May 12 and was immediately placed in isolation at the FMC. On Thursday, May 14, 2020, he was admitted to the local hospital due to shortness of breath. On Thursday, May 21, Morris returned from the local hospital due to his improved condition.

He was found unresponsive Wednesday and was later pronounced dead, despite life-saving efforts, the FMC said in a release.

FMC Lexington is an administrative security facility that currently houses 1,293 offenders.