Prison Inmate in Marion Dies After Testing Positive for Coronavirus

Officials have confirmed that an inmate housed at the United States Penitentiary (USP) Marion in Illinois has died after testing positive for COVID-19. Officials confirmed that Earl James tested positive for the virus at the Marion facility on Wednesday, July 22. A few days later he was evaluated by medical staff after suffering from increased shortness of breath, coughing and hypoxia. He was transported to an area hospital for treatment and died on Sunday. Officials say the 65-year-old federal inmate had pre-existing medical conditions, which could have contributed to him developing more severe COVID-19 case. He had been an inmate since 2008. He was sentenced in the District of Arizona to a 360-month sentence for sexual abuse of minor charges. As of right now, officials have confirmed that  133 inmates and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19 at the Marion penitentiary. USP Marion is a medium security facility and it is home to 1,216 male offenders.

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