Agency: Alaska inmate death related to COVID-19

    JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Department of Corrections says a man serving time in its custody has died and that his death was related to COVID-19.

    The department says 68-year-old John Nelson Andrew died at a Soldotna hospital on Friday.

    The department says he had been in department custody for 10 years.

    The department late last year reported at least five inmate deaths related to COVID-19 but did not release the names of those individuals, citing privacy considerations.

    The department says Andrew is the ninth person to die in its custody this year.

    The statement did not indicate at which facility Andrew had been serving his sentence.

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