Inmate with coronavirus dies in Oregon

The man tested positive for COVID-19. The medical examiner will determine a cause of death.

Posted: May 21, 2020 1:42 PM
Updated: May 22, 2020 10:57 AM

SALEM, Ore. – An inmate with coronavirus has died while in Oregon Department of Corrections custody.

Officials said the man died May 20 at a hospital. He had been incarcerated at the Oregon State Penitentiary.

He was between 50 and 60 years old and had tested positive for COVID-19. The medical examiner will determine cause of death.

His family has been notified.

As of Thursday, 38 employees in the department have tested positive, as well as 148 adult inmates. Of those, there are three employees and 25 inmates that have tested positive at Shutter Creek Correctional Institution in Coos County. For more data, click here.

There are 14,500 adult inmates in custody at 14 institutions across the state.

Some inmates and their loved ones have expressed concerns about the safety of those in custody during the pandemic, but DOC officials said they are taking steps such as increasing cleaning, doing health screenings and providing masks in an effort to slow the spread.

The ACLU of Oregon released this statement:

“Incarceration should not be a death sentence. COVID-19 is quickly spreading among people in prison and prison workers in Oregon. If these outbreaks continue to grow, people will continue to get sick and more people will die."

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 4570

Reported Deaths: 161
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah123663
Marion102827
Washington77518
Clackamas33912
Deschutes1340
Umatilla1253
Linn1249
Polk10012
Lane803
Yamhill797
Jackson690
Benton625
Jefferson550
Clatsop450
Klamath450
Hood River370
Malheur330
Wasco321
Coos320
Douglas290
Lincoln270
Josephine231
Columbia160
Morrow120
Curry70
Crook60
Union60
Tillamook60
Wallowa20
Lake20
Sherman10
Harney10
Grant10
Baker10
Unassigned00
Eugene
Broken Clouds
55° wxIcon
Hi: 57° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 55°
Corvallis
Overcast
58° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 45°
Feels Like: 58°
Roseburg
Broken Clouds
62° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 62°
North Bend
Overcast
55° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 55°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events