Latest Prisoners' health News

$2.75M settlement reached for Oregon inmate's flu death

Oct. 19, 2020 4:13 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Department of Corrections agreed to pay a record $2.75 million to the family of a man who died from the flu at the Oregon State Penitentiary and has apologized for the man’s death. The settlement comes nine months after Michael Barton''s family filed a $15 million...

33 inmates infected with coronavirus in Fairbanks prison

Oct. 18, 2020 12:22 AM EDT

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — An outbreak of coronavirus has infected 33 inmates at a prison in Fairbanks, causing the facility to go into quarantine for 14 days, state officials said Saturday. Thirty-two of the cases at the Fairbanks Correctional Center are men and one is a woman, the Alaska Department of...

U. S. Army, Arizona National Guard Pvt. Ronald Aguilar, right, takes the temperature of a man at a drive-thru COVID-19 saliva test on the main campus at Arizona Western College, Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, in Yuma, Ariz. The testing, organized by the Yuma County Public Health Services District, lasted from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and saw 671 tests administered, according to Yuma County spokesperson Kevin Tunnell. The purpose of the testing, according to Yuma County, was to capitalize on the recent development of a saliva test for COVID-19 by Arizona State University's Biodesign Institute. (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)

The Latest: Melbourne eases restrictions after cases drop

Oct. 17, 2020 11:54 PM EDT

MELBOURNE, Australia — Australia’s second-largest city, Melbourne, has loosened lockdown restrictions as new and active COVID-19 continue to decline. From midnight Sunday, Melbourne residents will no longer face limits on the time they can spend away from their homes for education or recreation....

Florida jail officials fired after woman gives birth in cell

Oct. 17, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The Broward County Sheriff’s office fired two top administrators earlier this week after a woman who went into labor in her jail cell was not given medical care despite screams of pain. The Miami Herald reported that the sheriff’s office fired Col. Gary Palmer...

High case counts continue in Kentucky; outbreak at prison

Oct. 16, 2020 6:21 PM EDT

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A surge in daily COVID-19 cases continued in Kentucky Friday as officials reported an outbreak at a state prison. Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear said there were 1,319 newly reported cases, the third day in a row the state surpassed 1,200 positives. There were four reported deaths....

Gov. Roy Cooper listens as Dr. Mandy Cohen, secretary of the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services, answers a question during a briefing during a briefing at the Emergency Operations Center in Raleigh, N.C., Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020. (Ethan Hyman/The News & Observer via AP)

The Latest: NCarolina virus numbers head in wrong direction

Oct. 15, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s top public health official is warning that the state’s coronavirus numbers are heading in the wrong direction as the Democratic governor considers whether to tighten restrictions or reopen more of the economy. The governor’s decision, which is expected...

Family members of inmates incarcerated in the Utah Department of Corrections' prison system hold candles and say a prayer following a rally outside the Department of Corrections office in Draper on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020.  The families of inmates in the Utah State Prison gathered outside the state Department of Corrections headquarters Tuesday to protest the handling of a coronavirus outbreak at the facility and call for improved safety measures. (Steve Griffin/The Deseret News via AP)

278 Utah inmates contract COVID-19; families host protest

Oct. 14, 2020 5:45 PM EDT

DRAPER, Utah (AP) — The families of inmates in the Utah State Prison gathered outside the state Department of Corrections headquarters Tuesday to protest the handling of a coronavirus outbreak at the facility and call for improved safety measures. “No matter the mistakes they have made on this...

Third Wisconsin prison experiences coronavirus outbreak

Oct. 13, 2020 5:23 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Corrections says there's been another coronavirus outbreak in a state prison. The Racine Correctional Institution/Sturtevant Transitional Facility had 124 active COVID-19 cases among prisoners as of Tuesday, according to the DOC. Two other prisons, Kettle...

Missouri agency working to fix state's COVID-19 dashboard

Oct. 12, 2020 5:08 PM EDT

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Two days after a “database extract error” incorrectly showed a massive one-day increase in coronavirus cases in Missouri, the problem remains unresolved, a state health official said Monday. On Saturday, the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services reported...

More Nebraska prison staffers test positive for coronavirus

Oct. 9, 2020 3:01 PM EDT

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska’s prison system continues to see more staff members infected with the coronavirus and confirmed cases statewide surpassed 50,000. Four employees at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln and another at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women in York have tested...