10th Butner inmate dies after testing positive for COVID-19, officials say

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BUTNER, N.C. (WNCN) — The 10th inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution near Butner has died from an illness linked to COVID-19, officials said Tuesday.

Isaac Lamar Byers, 52, who died Tuesday, initially tested positive for the coronavirus on April 23, according to a news release from the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

On April 27, Byers suffered respiratory failure and was then taken to a local hospital for treatment, the news release said.

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On May 10, his “condition declined and he was placed on a ventilator,” according to the news release.

Officials said Byers was in a minimum-security facility serving 12.5 years for possession with intent to distribute at least 28 grams of cocaine base.

Authorities said Byers had “had long-term, pre-existing medical conditions.”

As of Tuesday evening, there are 4,438 inmates in the various facilities at the federal prison near Butner. Of those, ‭155‬ inmates have tested positive for the coronavirus, according to data from the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

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