Texas Inmate Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Texas Inmate Tests Positive for Coronavirus
Texas Inmate Tests Positive for Coronavirus

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice announced yesterday that an inmate from a TDCJ prison was hospitalized after testing positive for CoViD-19.

The inmate was transferred from Harris County to the TDCJ prison less than a month ago.

He is currently being treated at the prison system’s hospital in Galveston, Texas.

According to a statement from TDCJ, the inmate was evaluated Saturday at the Lychner State Jail north of Houston after reporting shortness of breath and a cough. He was sent to Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston and then transferred to Galveston. The inmate is reported to be in good condition.

Inmates and prison staff who may have come in contact with the man are being restricted with limited movement within the prison.

On Monday, TDCJ announced that a substance abuse counselor working in Jester I, a drug treatment facility west of Houston, also tested positive for the virus.

Cleaning supplies and hand sanitizers are considered contraband and are not allowed in TDCJ prisons. Inmates are reporting that supplies such as soap are hard to come by.

There is no additional information about the hospitalized inmate or the quarantined inmates at Lychner State Jail.

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