70-Year-Old Inmate in Tabor Prison Dies from COVID-19

TOBOR CITY, NC A Tabor Correctional Institution offender with pre-existing medical conditions, who tested positive for COVID-19, has died at a hospital.

“His death is saddening. We are working hard to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in our prisons,” said Todd Ishee, Commissioner of Prisons. “The health and safety of the staff and the offender population is our top priority.”

The offender was COVID tested while in the prison and hospitalized on Nov. 19. His COVID-positive test result was received the next day, Nov. 20. His condition worsened, and he died on Dec. 3.

The offender was a male in his early-70s who had underlying health conditions. Given his family’s right to privacy and the confidentiality of prison offender records, the Department of Public Safety will not further identify the individual.