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BOP COVID-19 UPDATE -- February 9, 2021

Currently positive-testing inmates: 1,688 (down from 1,867)

Currently positive-testing staff: 1,723 (down from 1,737)

Recovered inmates: 44,875 (up from 44,644)

Recovered staff: 4,542 (up from 4,502)

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

Tallahassee FCI: 229 (down from 230)

Fort Dix: 186 (down from 210)

El Reno FCI: 129

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

Pollock USP: 82 (up from 80)

Tucson USP: 69 (down from 70)

Oklahoma City FTC: 59 (unchanged)

System-wide testing results: Presently, BOP has 123,668 federal inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 13,712 in community-based facilities. Today's stats:

Completed tests: 102,645 (up from 102,389) Positive tests: 45,722 (up from 45,669)

Milestone Reached: For the first time since COVID, the number of presently-infected inmates (as reported by BOP) -- 1,688 -- is less than the number of presently-infected staff (as reported by BOP) -- 1,723. Further, the number of infected inmates has hit a low since October 15, 2020. And, as more inmates are vaccinated and the weather begins to warm, these numbers should continue to improve, with the possibility that the pandemic in the BOP may finally be coming under control. Of course, although these trends give reason for optimism, news of the emerging variants, including London's, Portugal's and South Africa's, give reason to guard our optimism, particularly since certain of these new strains are both more infectious and resistant to the current vaccines. But we'll take the good news wherever we can find it.

Death Watch: The BOP had reported an additional inmate death, bringing the number of inmate fatalities to 218. Four of these inmates died while on home confinement. BOP staff fatalities remain at 4.

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