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2nd inmate at Terminal Island in San Pedro dies from coronavirus

Michael Fleming, 59, died at a local hospital on Sunday, April 19.

An inmate at the Federal Correctional Institution at Terminal Island in San Pedro has died from complications related to the novel coronavirus, according to the Bureau of Prisons.

Michael Fleming, 59, died at a local hospital Sunday, April 19. Another inmate at the facility, 73-year-old Bradley James Ghilarducci, died last week. There were 33 positive cases at the prison among inmates and two among staff members, according to the latest figures posted online by the Bureau of Prisons, which operates the facility.

There have been 21 federal inmate deaths across the country as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Fleming, who died on Sunday, had pre-existing medical conditions that made him predisposed to complications related to COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the coronavirus, authorities said.

Fleming first tested positive for the virus on Wednesday, April 8, and was transported to a local hospital three days later on April 11, according to the bureau.

“While at the hospital, his condition declined and he was placed on a ventilator on Monday, April 13,” a press release stated.

The correctional facility at Terminal Island is considered a low security prison housing 1,066 male offenders. Fleming was sentenced in Wyoming and had been housed at Terminal Island since Jan. 31, 2017. He was serving a 20-year sentence for conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Correctional facilities have been singled out by health officials as places where COVID-19 could spread easily. As a result, many non-violent offenders have been released early.

On Friday, April 17, Los Angeles County health officials confirmed there were 77 cases of COVID-19 in the county’s jail system, the majority of them staff members. The LA County Sheriff’s Department has reported at least 13 inmates tested positive for COVID-19 with more than 900 inmates quarantined. At least 50 cases were at state prisons in LA County where one staff member had died as of Thursday, April 16.

The Bureau of Prisons has reported 479 federal inmates and 305 staff members with COVID-19 across the country out of 143,694 inmates at BOP-managed institutions and 10,223 in community-based facilities, and roughly 36,000 staffers. As of Saturday, 145 inmates and 26 staff had recovered.

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