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ODOC officials: Hospitalized inmate dies with symptoms of COVID-19

Posted at 6:24 PM, Sep 07, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 19:19:56-04

TULSA, Okla. — On Saturday, an inmate died at a hospital where she was admitted for symptoms of COVID-19, according to Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

ODOC officials said the middle-aged woman was an inmate at the Eddie Warrior Correctional Center in Taft, Oklahoma.

She was serving sentences on 85% crimes when she became ill, according the department. Her earliest possible release date was May 2021.

The medical examiner’s office will determine if COVID-19 was a significant factor in her death, officials said.

The department said it is implementing hot spot protocols for COVID-19 at three facilities, including Eddie Warrior Correctional Center, Joseph Harp Correctional Center and Mabel Bassett Correctional Center.

Hot spot protocols include the following:

  • providing additional PPE to staff
  • closing visitation and volunteer access
  • shifting work stations within the facility to prevent further spread of the virus
  • testing all facility inmates
  • staff are also offered tests

Since mid-March, ODOC practiced numerous measures to ensure the health of inmates and staff including mandating all wear masks, according to the department. It also provides masks to every inmate and staff member, as well as hand sanitizer, soap, and disinfecting products.

For more information about the Oklahoma Department of Corrections, click here.

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