Inmate with coronavirus dies in Oregon

The man tested positive for COVID-19. The medical examiner will determine a cause of death.

Posted: May 21, 2020 1:42 PM
Updated: May 22, 2020 10:57 AM

SALEM, Ore. – An inmate with coronavirus has died while in Oregon Department of Corrections custody.

Officials said the man died May 20 at a hospital. He had been incarcerated at the Oregon State Penitentiary.

He was between 50 and 60 years old and had tested positive for COVID-19. The medical examiner will determine cause of death.

His family has been notified.

As of Thursday, 38 employees in the department have tested positive, as well as 148 adult inmates. Of those, there are three employees and 25 inmates that have tested positive at Shutter Creek Correctional Institution in Coos County. For more data, click here.

There are 14,500 adult inmates in custody at 14 institutions across the state.

Some inmates and their loved ones have expressed concerns about the safety of those in custody during the pandemic, but DOC officials said they are taking steps such as increasing cleaning, doing health screenings and providing masks in an effort to slow the spread.

The ACLU of Oregon released this statement:

“Incarceration should not be a death sentence. COVID-19 is quickly spreading among people in prison and prison workers in Oregon. If these outbreaks continue to grow, people will continue to get sick and more people will die."

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Data is updated nightly.

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Reported Deaths: 973
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