More Than 500 Women Contract COVID-19 at TX Federal Prison

According to a report from ABCNews, the Bureau of Prisons is reporting a 500-case outbreak of COVID-19 at the Federal Medical Center-Carswell (FMC-Carswell), a women’s federal medical prison in Fort Worth, Texas. It is one of the largest confirmed outbreaks at any federal prison in the country.

As of Tuesday, the number of confirmed cases among prisoners has jumped to 510, two days after the Bureau of Prisons also reported that 200 women there had tested positive for COVID-19. Only the federal prison in Seagoville, also in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, has seen a greater number of infected inmates, reporting 1,156 cases as of Tuesday.

One inmate who has tested positive for the virus is Reality Winner, the former government contractor who is now serving a five-year prison sentence after she plead guilty to mailing a classified report to a news organization.

Three weeks ago, the prison had reported only three confirmed cases of the virus among inmates. One prisoner, Andrea Circle Bear, died in April. On July 12, 69-year-old Sandra Kincaid became the second woman to die there from the virus. The third, 51-year-old Teresa Ely, died Monday.

FMC-Carswell, which holds female inmates with medical and mental health issues, houses 1,357 prisoners. Since April, many inmates have told the Forth Worth Star-Telegram that they were concerned the virus could spread through the prison.

FMC-Carswell’s administration directed questions to the Bureau of Prisons. The agency said in a statement that it is taking precautions to stem the virus’ spread.

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