Inmate Dies from Coronavirus in Georgia Prison

The Federal Docket

March 27, 2020

March 27, 2020.

The Atlanta Journal Constitution has reported that an outbreak of coronavirus at the Lee State Prison in Lee County, Georgia has resulted in the death of an inmate, 49 year old Anthony Cheek. Mr. Cheek only had two more years to serve.

At this point, multiple inmates and prison staff at Lee State Prison have tested positive for the virus, and some have had to be hospitalized. The Albany region has been described as a hotspot for the coronavirus outbreak. Several inmates at Lee State Prison have complained about a shortage of soap, bad hygiene at the prison, and cramped quarters.

The AJC reports that an inmate at another prison, Phillips State Prison in Buford, Georgia, has tested positive and is in isolation. It is unclear how many inmates at how many prisons have the virus, as testing kits are still in short supply.

Click here to read the article at the AJC.


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