Lompoc prison inmate dies after testing positive for COVID-19

He had been hospitalized since April 5
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Posted at 7:32 PM, Apr 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-17 22:37:47-04

A Lompoc prison inmate who tested positive for COVID-19 has died, prison officials announced Friday evening.

The inmate, identified as Oliver M. Boling, 66, reportedly went into respiratory failure at the United States Penitentiary in Lompoc on April 5.

Prison officials say he was taken to a local hospital where he tested positive for COVID-19.

On April 7, Boling was placed on a ventilator after his condition declined, officials said. He died Friday.

"Mr. Boling had long-term, pre-existing medical conditions which the CDC lists as risk factors for developing more severe COVID-19 disease," according to a press release from the Bureau of Prisons (BOP).

Boling was serving a more than 71-year sentence out of Washington, D.C. for sodomy and assault with a deadly weapon, prison breach, petit larceny and armed robbery, prison officials say.

He has been in custody at the Lompoc prison since May 2018.

Boling was among 80 inmates and 30 staff who have tested positive for COVID-19 at the prison, where an outbreak has been declared.

Health officials say they expect cases at the prison to increase over the coming weeks.

There are currently 979 inmates housed at the medium-security USP in Lompoc.