USP Tucson inmate dies after testing positive for COVID-19

USP Tucson inmate dies after testing positive for COVID-19
(Source: Jones County Sheriff's Department)

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) - Another United States Penitentiary Tucson inmate is dead after testing positive for COVID-19.

According to a news release, 64-year-old Charles Purly Romero tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, January 8. Officials say he was immediately placed in medical isolation and the staff provided treatment while monitoring his symptoms. However, on Monday, January 11, Romero was transported to a local hospital for treatment due to respiratory distress.

Officials say Romero had long-term, pre-existing medical conditions that put him at risk for developing more severe symptoms from the COVID-19 disease.

On Thursday, Jan. 28, hospital officials pronounced Romero dead.

He sentenced in the District of New Mexico to a life sentence for armed bank robbery and aggravated sexual abuse. Romero had been in custody at USP Tucson since September 10, 2009.

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