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BOP COVID-19 UPDATE -- May 17, 2021

Quick Facts:

Currently positive-testing inmates: 73 (unchanged)

Currently positive-testing staff: 148 (down from 153)

Recovered inmates: 45,901 (down from 45,968)

Recovered staff: 6,790 (up from 6,784)

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

Otisville FCI: 10 (unchanged)

Oklahoma City FTC: 5 (unchanged)

Loretto FCI: 5

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

Pekin FCI: 8 (unchanged)

Central Office Headquarters: 7 (unchanged)

Yazoo City USP: 7 (unchanged)

System-wide testing results: Presently, BOP has 128,612 federal inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 13,768 in community-based facilities. Today's stats:

Completed tests: 113,404 (up from 113,328)

Positive tests: 45,289 (down from 45,347)

Note: As the threat of COVID-19 in the prisons recedes a looming issue is whether the BOP will seek to re-incarcerate those it transferred to home confinement during the pandemic. An article in the Joplin Globe observes that "A Department of Justice memo issued during the last week of the Trump administration ... mandates that after the pandemic eases, 'BOP must plan for an eventuality where it might need to return a significant number of prisoners to correctional facilities.'” The article, by Diane Dimond, goes on to observe that although President Biden has reversed many of former President Trumps mandates, it has yet to reverse this one, Stand by....

Death Watch: The BOP has identified no new COVID-19 fatalities, leaving the inmate death toll at 235. Five of these inmates died while on home confinement. Staff fatalities remain at 4.

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