Fourth inmate at Oakdale Federal Prison dies of COVID-19

Andrew Cummings
April 4, 2020

"We're asking for a 14 to 21 day stoppage of all inmate transfers", Fausey said.

"This modification to our action plan is based on health concerns, not disruptive inmate behavior", BOP said in a statement. It added that inmates, "to the extent practicable", would still have access to programs and services that are usually offered under normal operations, such as mental health treatment.

Limited gathering will be allowed during the lockdown to facilitate access to commissaries, laundry facilities, showers, and computer and telephone areas. Incoming movement will also be restricted.

An inmate at Federal Correctional Institution Elkton died Thursday after reporting symptoms similar to COVID-19, according to a release from the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Jenny in Sunbury asked what procedure was in place to make sure inmates with pre-existing conditions are being monitored and protected. Taylor had long-term, pre-existing medical conditions listed by the Center of Disease Control as risk factors for developing severe COVID-19, and he was tested at the hospital for the virus, but test results were pending at the time of his death, officials reported.

Last week, the BOP said it had instituted "significant measures" to prevent the virus from spreading in its facilities, including screening all newly admitted inmates and checking their temperature. Meanwhile, eight staff have tested positive, 16 more have symptoms and one was in an intensive care unit at a hospital.

Beyrer said implementing social distancing in those facilities is hard and access to hand sanitizers and other hygiene products is often limited.

Prison officials did not report to which county hospital Taylor was transported. More than 10,000 among this population are over the age of 60.

Oakdale is a federal complex about a two-hour drive west of Baton Rouge, with two low-security prisons and one minimum-security camp housing around 1,900 total inmates.

A caller was concerned about protecting officers and guards in order to protect the communities that surround federal prisons.

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