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BOP COVID-19 UPDATE -- February 19, 2021



Currently positive-testing inmates: 1,804 (up from 1,731)

Currently positive-testing staff: 1,673 (up from 1,657)

Recovered inmates: 45,542 (up from 45,532)

Recovered staff: 4,720 (up from 4,716)


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

Tallahassee FCI: 227 (down from 228)

Schuylkill FCI: 212

Florence High USP: 210 (up from 207)

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

Pollock USP: 82 (unchanged)

Tucson USP: 69 (unchanged)

Oklahoma City FTC: 59 (unchanged)


System-wide testing results: Presently, BOP has 123,778 federal inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 13,760 in community-based facilities. Today's stats:

Completed tests: 103,782 (up from 103,590) Positive tests: 46,492 (up from 46,414)

Case Note: Full vaccination militates against COVID-related compassionate release...


In U.S. v. ALFRED PABON, 2021 WL 603269 (S.D.N.Y. Feb. 16, 2021) (Cronan, J.), SDNY Judge Cronan added to those cases finding that an inmate's full vaccination militates strongly against COVID-related compassionate release, comorbidities notwithstanding: "To start, any risk that Pabon may face from the spread of COVID-19 at Allenwood Low has been greatly reduced because he is now fully vaccinated. According to medical records submitted by the Government, Pabon received his first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine on January 5, 2021 and the second dose on February 4, 2021. Exh. A.4 It is thus highly unlikely he will contract COVID-19. See United States v. Doostdar, No. 18 Cr. 255 (PLF), 2021 WL 429965, at *3 (D.D.C. Feb. 8, 2021) (denying a motion for compassionate release because the defendant's “probability of becoming ill from COVID-19 is significantly diminished by the fact that he has received the COVID-19 vaccine”); United States v. Jones, No. 19 Cr. 105 (MHL), 2021 WL 217157, at *5 (E.D. Va. Jan. 21, 2021) (denying a motion for compassionate release because the defendant received the COVID-19 vaccination and thus “faces reduced risks from the virus”).”

Death Watch: The BOP reports no new COVID-related fatalities. Inmate fatalities remain at 222. Four of these inmates died while on home confinement. BOP staff fatalities remain at 4.

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