Published on: Monday, March 30, 2020

In an article titled An explosion of coronavirus cases cripples a federal prison in Louisiana published on March 29, 2020, the Washington Post reports that the FCC Oakdale in Louisiana has "exploded with corona virus."  This has led "to the death of one inmate on Saturday, the admission of a guard into a hospital intensive care unit, and postive test results for another 30 inmates and staff."  "Patrick Jones, 49, was the first inmate in the Federal Bureau of Prisons diagnosed with the novel coronavirus . . . and the first to die."

The BOP has its own webpate on COVID-19, which identifies "COVID-19 Tested Postive Cases."  As of 1:55 p.m. on Monday, March 30, 2020, BOP's website currently shows 5 inmates as having tested positive at FCC Oakdale.  BOP's COVID-19 webpage states" Due to the rapidly evolving nature of this public health crisis, the BOP will update this dashboard daily at 3:00 p.m. based on the most recently available data from across teh agency as reported by the BOP's Office of Occupational Health and Safety." 

The Training Division is providing COVID-19 resources and materials to assist defenders and CJA panel attorneys understand and litigate issues releated to the COVID-19 pandemic.