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…