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BOP COVID-19 UPDATE -- FEBRUARY 8, 2021




Currently positive-testing inmates: 1,867 (down from 2,205)

Currently positive-testing staff: 1,737 (up from 1,729)

Recovered inmates: 44,644 (up from 44,182)

Recovered staff: 4,502 (up from 4,497)

Institutions with the largest number of currently positive-testing inmates:

Tallahassee FCI: 230 (up from 197)

Fort Dix: 210 (unchanged)

Pollock FCI: 162 (down from 167)

Institutions with the largest number of currently positive-testing staff:

Pollock USP: 80 (unchanged)

Tucson USP: 70 (unchanged)

Oklahoma City FTC: 59 (unchanged)


System-wide testing results: Presently, BOP has 123,497 federal inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 13,767 in community-based facilities. Today's stats:

Completed tests: 102,389 (up from 101,082) Positive tests: 45,669 (up from 45,530) The BOP has reported the death of MDC inmate Edwin Segarra, 46. We were unable to locate his case on PACER, but news reports state he was pending trial on robbery, drugs and weapons possession charges and that he had been vaccinated just days before he tested positive, though not clear is whether he in fact was already infected when vaccinated. According to the BOP press release, he tested positive January 25, and was "immediately placed in medical isolation," but on February 5 was "found incoherent and displaying seizure-like movement," whereupon he was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead. Reports from several MDC inmates paint a horrific picture of conditions there, and describe regularly mixing positive-testing inmates with others, and providing little if any care to those who are sick. The failings at MDC that gave rise to this state of affairs were detailed last year in the expert report of Dr. Homer Venters, in the putative class action lawsuit that was dismissed in August by EDNY Judge Kovner, who found that the available evidence gave reason for “cautious optimism” about the MDC’s response to COVID-19. As of today's BOP COVID-19 update MDC Brooklyn has 79 currently positive-testing inmates and 27 currently positive-testing staff, 267 recovered inmates and 80 recovered staff. However, with only 10 inmate tests pending MDC's numbers are likely understated.

Death Watch: The BOP had identified the death of MDC-Brooklyn inmate Edwin Segarra, 46. The inmate death toll now stands at 217. Four of these inmates died while on home confinement. One additional BOP staff member has died from COVID-19, bringing the BOP staff fatality total to 4.

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