TAFT, Okla. — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections is working to contain an outbreak at a women’s correctional center in Muskogee County after 583 inmates tested positive for COVID-19.
Out of the 583 positive inmates at Eddie Warrior Correctional Center that have tested positive, only seven inmates have recovered and 190 are in quarantine, according to the Oklahoma Department of Corrections website.
Fifteen staff members have also tested positive at the prison that houses more than 800 women inmates.
Last week, the agency declared Eddie Warrior Correctional Center a “hot spot” and have increased response protocols including providing additional PPE to staff, closing visitation and volunteer access, and shifting work stations within the facility to prevent further spread of the virus.
The Eddie Warrior Correctional Center is an open dorm style layout, with many bunkbeds in one large shared space, instead of small cells for small groups of inmates. This accelerated the spread as more people were sharing space.
Inmates in isolation are in the center’s gym, and get medical attention at least twice a day.
The DOC says inmate safety is their priority and they’re doing whatever they can to help those affected and minimize the spread.
Story updated to include latest numbers as of Sept. 01, 2020.
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