Federal prisons mark 10th inmate COVID-19 death, none yet in FL

Florida is home to 145 state prisons and nine federal prisons, incarcerating 106,000 people combined. COVID-19 infections are spreading among inmates and staff. Nine inmates had died through Tuesday. Credit: Florida Department of Corrections

Update on death toll: Shortly after this report was posted, three more fatalities from COVID-19 on Sunday and Monday were announced, all being inmates of Butner Federal Correctional Institution in Butner, NC, ranging in age from 46 to 81. The U.S. Bureau of Prisons, which operates federal prisons around the nation, says the death toll Monday afternoon is 13: four at Butner FCI, six at Oakdale FCI in Oakdale, LA, and three at Elkton FCI in Lisbon, OH.

The federal prison system reported two more inmate deaths at U.S. prisons, bringing the nationwide total to 10. So far there are no deaths in Florida’s federal prisons.

The U.S. Bureau of Prisons reported the victims, both elderly men, died Thursday and Saturday after becoming sick in prison and being treated in local hospitals.

One was imprisoned at Oakdale Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) in Oakdale, LA, where five other inmates died previously. The other was incarcerated at Butner FCI in Butner, NC, marking that prison’s only fatality.

Three other inmates died previously in local hospitals after becoming infected at Elkton FCI in Lisbon, Ohio.

Federal prisons where staff or/or inmates are infected. This map does not include state prisons. Source: U.S. Bureau of Prisons

Around the country, federal prisons are holding 352 infected inmates and have sent 189 infected employees home, as of midday Monday, according to the Bureau of Prisons. Federal prisons incarcerate nearly 174,000 people nationwide and employ more than 36,000 staff.

While the U.S. prison system reported no deaths in Florida, two of Florida’s nine federal facilities have confirmed infections among employees: one at Coleman Federal Correctional Complex, a low-security prison in Sumter County, and two at Miami Federal Detention Facility, which jails people who were arrested but have not been convicted and could not post bail.

No infections were reported among inmates through Monday morning.

In Florida’s state prisons, 44 state corrections employees and 36 inmates are confirmed infected with COVID-19 as of Monday morning, at 20 state prisons and three of Florida’s four regional probation offices. There were no fatalities reported through Monday morning.

The Florida Department of Corrections says it incarcerates 96,000 inmates and employs 24,000 people.