Federal Prisons Enter Lockdown Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Metropolitan Detention Center in Brooklyn New York where the first federal inmate tested positive for coronavirus last month

Rodriquez was placed on a ventilator on March 27, after his condition deteriorated. He described one prison staffer whose mother, father, and cousin are all sick with COVID-19 symptoms. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that people with underlying medical conditions might be at high risk of developing more severe COVID-19. He later tested positive for COVID-19.

"We are aware of additional tests that have been sent to private laboratories from local medical personnel, however, statistics related to these tests are only reported to the county if they result positive", Fauss said. Meanwhile, eight staff have tested positive, 16 more have symptoms and one was in an intensive care unit at a hospital. Of those, 15 inmates were in local hospitals.

The BOP identified the inmate who died Wednesday evening as 57-year-old James Wilson, who was serving an 11-year sentence for child pornography. Instead, anyone with symptoms is assumed to have COVID-19.

The Bureau of Prisons told The Lens that it has stopped testing for the virus at the facility because the outbreak is so widespread.


Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) announced today that the Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) has assured her that Hope Village, the men's halfway house in the District of Columbia, has enough supplies for all residents and is clean and sanitary.

"Why are U.S. Marshals Service and Immigration and Customs Enforcement not stopping the continued movement of the federal inmates?" asked a corrections officer working at Allenwood Federal Corrections Complex.

Lawmakers and advocacy groups have urged Attorney General William Barr and BOP Director Michael Carvajal to reduce federal prison populations to mitigate the impact of the pandemic in federal prisons.

In a statement to VICE News, BOP spokesperson Scott Taylor said FCI Oakdale I is now locked down, that symptomatic inmates are being isolated, and that "additional resources are being provided to manage all symptomatic inmates with appropriate care".

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