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July 5, 2022: COMPASSIONATE RELEASE and BOP COVID-19 BLOG


Fast Facts (Full BOP stats can be found here) Currently positive-testing inmates: 468 (up from 444) Currently positive-testing staff: 367 (up from 356) Recovered inmates currently in the BOP: 49,986 (down from 50,141) Recovered staff: 13,051 (up from 13,038)


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

SeaTac FDC: 188 (up from 165)

Phoenix FCI: 46 (up from 39)

Marianna FCI: 40 (down from 44)

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

Central Headquarters: 40 (unchanged)

Rochester FMC: 16 (unchanged)

Honolulu FDC: 16 (unchanged)

System-wide testing results: Presently, BOP has 139,993 federal inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 13,707 in community-based facilities. Today's stats: Completed tests: 128,697 (down from 128,711) Positive tests: 55,345 (down from 55,349)


Total vaccine doses administered: 323,364 (up from 322,923)


Case Note: So Proud!


Ferozan Mask reports In a July 4 article in www.eathis.com, 5 Places You'll Most Likely Catch COVID, that jails and prisons rank # 1, explaining (not surprisingly):


Jails and prisons are high-risk locations for COVID-19 due to the difficulty of social distancing. "Prisons, by design, are not made for social distancing," Bureau of Prisons director Michael Carvajal told the Senate Judiciary Committee. "They are, on the opposite, made to contain people."


The runner-ups?

#2-Gyms

#3-Indoor Theatres

#4-Nursing Homes

#5-Bars and Restaurants


The linked article further explains:


It's difficult to get a full view of how the federal prison system has responded to the pandemic at each of its 122 prisons nationwide, but NPR spoke with several current bureau employees who described issues that went against that plan, including the transfer of COVID-positive inmates between prisons and units.


"Our agency is reactive and not proactive. You know, they waited until it got out of hand and then tried to fix things, but by then it was too late," said Aaron McGlothin, a warehouse worker foreman and local union president at the federal prison in Mendota, Calif.


"I don't trust anything the Bureau of Prisons says," said Eric Speirs, a senior correctional officer and local union president at the federal detention center in Miami. "We've had places catch on fire with COVID."


So proud!


Death Watch (Note: The BOP press website announces BOP COVID-related deaths here.) The BOP has identified no additional COVID-related inmate deaths, leaving the inmate death toll at 299. Eleven of the inmates died while on home confinement. Staff deaths remain at 7.

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