Wildwood Correctional Center

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A 68-year-old man incarcerated at Wildwood Correctional Center died last week — the fifth COVID-19-related death at Central Peninsula Hospital this month.

The Department of Corrections said Monday the man, John Andrew, died Friday after being in custody for a decade. The department said Andrew’s was the ninth death in its custody this year.

Alaska Department of Corrections

Coronavirus cases are proliferating at prisons around the state. At Alaska's largest prison, Goose Creek, in Point MacKenzie, there’s an active outbreak of 204 cases. At the Fairbanks Correctional Center, there have been over 150 total cases.

But not at Wildwood Correctional Center. The Kenai facility, which is currently holding 415 inmates, has not seen any cases of the virus yet among its general population, said Sarah Gallagher, a spokesperson for the Department of Corrections.

Coroner seeks cause of death of Wildwood inmate

May 30, 2018

The State Medical Examiner is attempting to determine the cause of death of an inmate at Wildwood Correctional Center last week. According to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch, the inmate, 57 year old Leslie Aveoganna was found by staff lying on the third floor of Building 10, unresponsive.

Nikiski EMS responded and attempted to revive Aveoganna but were not able to.

Troopers report that nothing suspicious was found at the scene.