NEW BOSTON, Texas – The Texas Department of Criminal Justice announced Friday that it is changing the way it reports COVID-19 cases among the prison population.
“To date, the numbers reflect the current locations of pending, negative and positive cases among offenders. We have also added categories for recovered offenders, deaths and releases. Today (Friday) there are 175 TDCJ employees, staff or contractors who tested positive for COVID-19 and 358 offenders who tested positive, ”says the TDCJ website.
The site now includes categories for offenders in local hospitals and a prison medical facility. The number of inmates who tested positive for COVID-19 at the Telford unit is reported at 21 on Friday, up from 54 on Thursday.
TDCJ reported on Friday that five tests are pending for Telford inmates and seven current Telford inmates have tested negative. The agency reported nine negative tests on Thursday.
TDCJ reported on Friday that 1,163 inmates are on medical restriction in Telford and 26 are in medical isolation in Telford. The agency reported on Thursday that 57 inmates were in medical isolation at the Telford unit.
The medical restriction is for people who may have been exposed to a disease and are unaware of it, or who may have the disease but are not showing symptoms, the TDCJ website says. Medical isolation is used to separate sick and contagious people. The TDCJ reported on Wednesday that 13 staff from the Telford unit had tested positive for the virus.