12 Oregon Prisoners Killed by COVID, Over 1,000 Inmates Across State Infected

There have been 12 deaths within the Oregon Department of Corrections from COVID-19, as the latest inmate who had fallen ill has died according to a local news website.

An elderly man who was incarcerated at the Snake River Correctional Institution and had tested positive for coronavirus died at a local hospital on Monday, reported Kobi5, a local news source for Oregon.

The inmate is the third to have died in three days at that particular prison, according to the news report.

KTVZ, another local news website, reported that an inmate who died on Saturday was between 75 and 85 years old, while another one who passed away on Sunday was between 60 and 70, and the inmate who died on Monday was between 65 and 75.

The Oregon Department of Corrections keeps an official tracking record of its COVID-19 cases and deaths in inmates and staff from its prisons but does not break the deaths down by facility.

According to the site, which was last updated on October 2, there have been 1,072 confirmed coronavirus cases among adults in the custody of the Oregon prison system.

In the Snake River Correctional Institution, there were 28 active cases as of October 2, and 416 cases had been reported in total.

Snake River is the largest facility in the Oregon Department of Corrections system, and it has the largest number of cases. According to the tracking system, the entire prison is on a 14-day quarantine.

The Department of Corrections also reports that 885 adults in its custody have recovered and 11 have died as of October 2. Among its staff, there have been 264 positive cases of coronavirus and 243 recoveries.

The department has some 14,000 adults in its custody across 14 prisons in the state. Of those prisons, sic including the Snake River Institution are entirely quarantined, according to the website.

It reported that all of its inmates have been offered two masks and employees one, and that all staff and adults in custody are expected to wear a mask when six feet of social distancing cannot be maintained.

On the last week of September, Oregon Governor Kate Brown commuted the sentence of 66 adults in custody due to the threat of COVID-19.

The total number of inmates who have had their sentences commuted to mitigate the spread of the virus in the state had been of 123.

As of Sunday, Oregon had reported 35,049 cases of COVID-19 statewide. The state reports to have tested 707,292 people, and 572 deaths.

The Oregon Department of Corrections has been contacted for comment.

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File photo of barbed wire: After a death on Monday, there have now been 12 deaths from COVID-19 in Oregon's state prison system. iStock