TERRE HAUTE. Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — An inmate at Terre Haute’s Federal Correctional Institution died Monday of COVID-19, the Federal Bureau of Prisons reported Tuesday.

James Lee Wheeler tested positive for the coronavirus on Nov. 17 and was placed in medical isolation. Wheeler was evaluated by institution medical staff for confusion and decreased oxygen saturation on Nov. 25. At that time, he was transported to a local hospital for further treatment and evaluation.

On Monday, Wheeler — who had long-term, pre-existing medical conditions which the CDC lists as risk factors for developing more severe COVID-19 disease — was pronounced dead by hospital staff.

This comes as the Justice Department disclosed that eight staff members who took part in an execution last month tested positive for the coronavirus and five of those staffers will take part in two executions scheduled later this week.

Two federal inmates at the Terre Haute penitentiary sought a delay in federal executions until the coronavirus pandemic is over. Patrick Smith and Brandon Holm–neither of whom are on death row–claimed moving forward with the executions would subject them to “unnecessary and unreasonable health risks” due to the coronavirus pandemic.

There are currently 280 positive cases among inmates and prison staff at the penitentiary.

Wheeler, 78, was serving a life sentence following convictions in the Florida and Ohio for obstruction of justice, racketeer influenced and corrupt organizations prohibited activities and conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute cocaine, methamphetamine, LSD, marijuana, ecstasy and valium. He had been in custody at the Federal Correctional Complex since May 22, 2017.