Sixth inmate at Oakdale federal prison dies from coronavirus

Updated: Apr. 10, 2020 at 2:45 PM CDT
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LAKE CHARLES, La. (KPLC) - A sixth inmate of the Federal Correctional Institution (FCI) Oakdale I has died from COVID-19.

George Jeffus, 76, was transported to a local hospital on Apr. 3 after going into respiratory failure at FCI Oakdale I.

Jeffus tested positive for COVID-19 while at the hospital and was placed on a ventilator when his condition worsened.

On Apr. 7, the ventilator was replaced with a high-flow oxygen mask when Jeffus was showing no signs of improvement.

Jeffus had long-term, pre-existing medical conditions. On Apr. 9, he died of the disease.

He was sentenced in the Western District of Louisiana to a five-year sentence for activities receipt of material constituting/containing child pornography - possesion of child pornography with forfeiture allegations. He had been in custody at FCI Oakdale I since Apr. 10, 2017.

The prison currently houses 971 male offenders. There are thirty-nine inmates of FCI I Oakdale that are COVID-19 positive and seventeen staff members, according to the Bureau of Prisons website.

The Bureau of Prisons will continue to provide daily updates and information on actions related to COVID-19.

Details on the first inmate death at FCI Oakdale I can be found HERE, the second inmate death can be found HERE, the third and fourth inmate death can be found HERE, the fifth inmate death can be found HERE.

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