Inmate with chronic disease who tested positive for coronavirus dies

Alabama

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — An elderly inmate with a chronic debilitating disease died at a local hospital after also testing positive for coronavirus.

The Alabama Department of Corrections reports 74-year-old William Hershell Moon was serving a life-sentence for murder out of Jefferson County at St. Clair Correctional Facility.

On May 27, Moon was transferred to a local hospital from St. Clair infirmary, in which he was housed after a previous hospitalization on May 13. Upon exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, Moon was subsequently tested positive for the virus. Moon’s exact cause of death is pending the results of a full autopsy. The Alabama Department of Corrections extends its sympathies to the Moon family and his loved ones during this difficult time.

As indicated in the ADOC’s COVID-19 update published June 2, four inmates housed in the same small living area as inmate Moon also tested positive for COVID-19. This small living area within St. Clair’s infirmary remains on level-two quarantine, and the entire infirmary at St. Clair remains on level-one quarantine.


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