A Taft inmate hospitalized for COVID-19 has died, the Oklahoma Department of Corrections is reporting.
The female inmate, who was serving time in the minimum-security Eddie Warrior Correctional Center, was middle-aged and was coming up on a possible release date of May 2021.
Eddie Warrior is one of several facilities DOC has declared a hot spot for COVID-19, after a MuskogeeNOW report uncovered that giant swaths of the inmate and employee population were exposed to the disease due to lack of proper protocols in use at the prison.
The prison has 721 of its less-than 900 inmates who have tested positive for the disease, with 16 staff members testing positive as well. Three inmates are positive. In addition to those numbers, 16 tested positive and are recovered.
Once test results identify infected inmates, staff isolate them from those who tested negative or results are pending, complete contact tracing to locate additional exposures, and test those identified. Nurses conduct health assessments on all positive inmates every day to ensure they receive proper care. Nurses also closely watch negative and pending inmates for any virus symptoms.
ODOC is also implementing hot spot protocols at Joseph Harp Correctional Center and Mabel Bassett Correctional Center.