Inmate Dies, 30 Prisoners, Workers Check Optimistic at LA Jail

The Oakdale federal jail in Louisiana has exploded with coronavirus instances, together with the loss of life of 1 inmate on Saturday, the admission of a guard right into a hospital intensive care unit, and constructive take a look at outcomes for one more 30 inmates and employees, the Washington Post reports. Patrick Jones, 49, was the primary federal inmate identified with the novel coronavirus, which causes COVID-19, and the primary to die. At the least 60 inmates on the Oakdale jail are in quarantine and an unknown variety of employees are self-quarantining at dwelling, stated Corey Trammel, a union consultant on the 1,700-inmate facility 110 miles northwest of Baton Rouge. “It’s been simultaneous, simply individuals getting sick again to again to again to again,” Trammel stated. “We don’t know how you can shield ourselves. Workers are working 36-hour shifts — there’s no method we are able to preserve occurring like this.”

Jones complained of a “persistent cough” on March 19, stated the federal Bureau of Prisons, and was transported to a hospital the place he was identified and positioned on a ventilator. The bureau stated Jones had “long-term, preexisting medical situations” that elevated his danger of creating the illness. Jones was serving a 27-year time period for possession with intent to distribute crack cocaine inside 1,00zero toes of a junior school. Louisiana ranks 10th highest amongst states for reported coronavirus instances, with greater than three,300 individuals who have examined constructive and one other 137 who’ve died. Trammel stated the jail bureau has been sluggish to answer the disaster. The bureau final week banned household and pals from visiting inmates, a coverage the union had hunted for weeks. As of Sunday afternoon, the jail system had confirmed solely 14 inmates and 13 testing constructive.