James T. Vaughn inmate dies, DOC announces new positive COVID-19 cases


DOVER, Del. – The Delaware Department of Correction announced on Monday that a James T. Vaughn inmate has died from complications of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Diabetes, and COVID-19.

81-year-old Jim Hunter was part of a minimum security housing unit and had been closely monitored since April 8th. He was tested on April 13th, but the test came back negative. He was admitted to Bayhealth Kent Campus on April 23rd for non-COVID treatment when he was given a second test that came back positive.

Hunter, of Dover, has been in custody since 2015 and was serving a 10-year sentence for unlawful sexual contact with a victim under 13 years old and sexual abuse of a child.

The DOC also announced that one additional inmate and additional staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 over the past three days. The inmate is from the Howard R. Young Correctional Institution and was isolated and tested at the first reported symptom. We are told the inmate is not currently showing any symptoms of illness.

In addition, two correctional officers assigned to James T. Vaughn and six asymptomatic officers assigned to Howard R. Young have tested positive. All are self-isolating at home.

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