Alabama inmate dies in hospital months after virus diagnosis

Oct 6, 2020


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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Corrections said says a 67-year-old inmate has died in custody at a hospital, four months after contracting the coronavirus in a state facility. 

The agency announced Monday that Willie Bernard Collins died at a hospital near Montgomery on Thursday. Collins was housed at the Staton Correctional Facility’s infirmary due to preexisting health conditions.

Officials said he tested positive for the coronavirus on June 11 and was hospitalized near Montgomery at the end of July after developing COVID-19. The department said the inmate was serving a life sentence on a murder charge.