Cook County jail inmate dies after being tested positive for COVID-19

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CHICAGO – An inmate from Cook County Jail died after being tested positive for COVID-19.

Jeffery Pendleton, 59, was pronounced dead Sunday at Stroger Hospital, according to a statement from the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.

Pendleton was hospitalized on March 30 after being tested positive for the virus

“The official cause of death is pending an autopsy, but preliminary reports indicate that Pendleton died of complications from the virus,” the statement said.

If confirmed, Pendleton would be the first person detained by the Cook County correctional department to die from COVID-19.

Pendleton has been in prison since July 2018 for offenses such as habitual armed crime, gun violence / category II and other drug and weapons possession offenses. Pendleton had previously been convicted 15 times and was scheduled to register as a sex offender following a conviction for serious criminal sexual assault in 1997 for which he was sentenced to 15 years in prison in the Correctional Services Department of the Illinois.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office said that on Sunday, 220 inmates who tested positive for COVID-19 were being treated and monitored by health professionals for mild to moderate symptoms at the prison.

Pendleton was one of 14 treated and monitored in hospitals due to the virus.

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