Inmate dies of Covid-19 at federal prison in Oakdale

Inmate dies of Covid-19 at federal prison in Oakdale
A 49-year-old inmate died Saturday after contracting the coronavirus at Oakdale FCC where at least five prisoners have tested positive for the virus. (Source: KPLC)

OAKDALE, La. (KPLC) - A 49-year-old inmate died Saturday after contracting coronavirus at the Federal Correctional Institution Oakdale I, where at least five prisoners have tested positive for the virus, officials said.

Oakdale FCC marks first Covid-19 death
Oakdale FCC marks first Covid-19 death (Source: KPLC)

On Thursday, March 19, 2020, inmate Patrick Jones, 49, complained of a persistent cough, the Federal Bureau of Prisons said in a news release. He was evaluated by medical staff at the prison, then transported to a local hospital for further treatment and evaluation. While at the local hospital, Jones tested positive for COVID-19.

On Friday, March 20, 2020, Jones’ condition declined and he was placed on a ventilator. On Saturday, March 28, 2020, Jones, who had long-term, pre-existing medical conditions, was pronounced dead by hospital staff.

Jones was serving a 27-year sentence - out of the Western District of Texas - for possession with intent to distribute 425.1 grams of crack cocaine within 1000 feet of a junior college. He had been in custody at FCI Oakdale I since April 26, 2017.

FCI Oakdale is a low-security facility that currently houses 990 male offenders.

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