First Federal Prison Inmate Dies From CCP Virus

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A 47-year-old inmate in Louisiana has become the first to die from COVID-19 in a federal prison, officials announced over the weekend.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons reported that 19 inmates and 19 staff have currently tested positive across the federal prison system, with five of those inmates at the low-security Louisiana prison where the inmate died on Saturday.

Inmate Patrick Jones had a preexisting condition listed as a risk factor. He complained of a cough on March 19 to staff at the federal correction institution in Oakdale, Louisiana, where he was three years into a 27-year sentence.

On March 20 he was put on a ventilator after testing positive.

According to an FBO statement (pdf), “On Saturday, March 28, 2020, Mr. Jones, who had long-term, preexisting medical conditions which the CDC lists as risk factors for developing more severe COVID-19 disease, was pronounced dead by hospital…

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