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May 23, 2022: COMPASSIONATE RELEASE and BOP COVID-19 BLOG


Fast Facts (Full BOP stats can be found here) Currently positive-testing inmates: 88 (up from 80) Currently positive-testing staff: 235 (down from 265) Recovered inmates currently in the BOP: 51,577 (down from 51,629) Recovered staff: 12,684 (up from 12,643)


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

Waseca FCI: 16 (down from 17)

Guaynabo MDC: 8 (up from 7)

Otisville FCI: 7

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

Central Headquarters: 20

Guanyabo MDC: 14 (unchanged)

Victorville Medium II FCI: 13 (unchanged)

System-wide testing results: Presently, BOP has 138,902 federal inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 13,460 in community-based facilities. Today's stats: Completed tests: 128,713 (down from 128,719) Positive tests: 55,361 (down from 555,367)


Total vaccine doses administered: 318,366 (up from 318,184)


News Note: Inmate-staff infection rates have flipped (again)....


Since the beginning of the pandemic the number of positively-infected inmates has generally -- but not always -- far exceeded the number of positively-infected staff. This is not surprising, given both conditions with the prisons and the sheer numbers of inmates versus staff, which, as of last Friday, stood at 138,817 inmates in BOP-managed institutions and 36,000 BOP staff -- a ratio of almost 4:1. But during certain times the COVID-positive numbers have flipped. Now is such a time; as of last Friday there were only 80 positively testing inmates and 265 positive-testing staff -- a ratio of more than 3:1. This flipped ratio can reflect many things, including the lack of full staff compliance with vaccine mandates, which are still the subject of litigation. These high levels of staff infection may portend an increase in inmate infections, but any such correlation is difficult to tease out based on a review of past instances when the ratios have flipped; a high number of staff infections is not necessarily followed by a rise in inmate infections. On the one hand a large percentage of inmates are now vaccinated but on the other hand, the new variants are highly transmissible, even to vaccinated persons. At least we see that vaccines have brought down the number of inmate deaths in prison just as they have in the general population. There have been 295 inmate deaths and only 7 staff deaths -- a difference likely attributed to the better care staff received early on when the death rate was high, as well as the lesser number of elderly and otherwise infirm staff.


Death Watch (Note: The BOP press website announces BOP COVID-related deaths here.) The BOP has identified no additional COVID-related inmate fatalities, leaving the total at 295. Eleven of the inmates died while on home confinement. Staff deaths remain at 7

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