Coronavirus: Alabama inmate tested positive after death, authorities say

Coronavirus: Alabama inmate tested positive after death, authorities say
Christopher Nails became the 23rd Alabama inmate to die from the coronavirus. (Alabama Department of Corrections)

An Alabama man became the 23rd inmate in the state to die from the coronavirus, correction officials said Friday.

The Alabama Department of Corrections said that Christopher Nails tested positive in a postmortem examination, AL.com reported. Nails died Sept. 10, the website reported.

Nails suffered from multiple health issues, according to corrections officials. He originally tested negative for COVID-19 on Aug. 31 and was discharged Sept. 4, AL.com reported.

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However, his condition deteriorated and he was readmitted to a hospital six days later.

Nails, who was an inmate at the Hamilton Community Work Center, was serving a 15-year sentence for theft of property in a Fayette County case, according to AL.com.

The ADOC said 409 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19, and 13 cases remain active, according to its dashboard on the coronavirus.