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ODOC: 1 Inmate, 5 Staff Members Test Positive for COVID-19

Posted at 6:43 PM, Apr 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-07 19:47:53-04

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections announced Tuesday that an inmate at Jackie Brannon Correctional Center in McAlester tested positive for COVID-19.

In addition, five staff members tested positive for the virus from various facilities in the state, according to ODOC officials.

Over the weekend, the Oklahoma State Department of Health provided masks for all inmates and staff, officials said. ODOC also ordered all prisons to secure inmates in their cells as a safety measure.

As an effort to limit social gatherings and practice social distancing, officials say staff will deliver food, medicine and other necessities to inmates. They will also plan schedules for phone calls and showers.

For more information about ODOC's efforts regarding the pandemic, click here.

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