The Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is carefully monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As with any type of emergency situation, we carefully assess how to best ensure the safety of staff, inmates and the public.
BOP's Emergency Response
Every institution is like a small city and to cope with major emergencies or other significant interruptions of normal operations, they each have continuity of operations (COOP) plans that provide guidance to staff.
BOP's COVID-19 Response
In February 2020, the BOP's Public Health Service (PHS) staff were placed in operational dress uniforms to be ready to respond to COVID-19 incidents by the Assistant Secretary for Health.
BOP's COVID-19 Collaboration Efforts
BOP PHS Officers have been deployed for national travel-related screening at airports and NIC has been asked to share BOP-related guidance with state and local corrections.
The primary lane of information for the public regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a portal for public information published by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force at the White House, working in conjunction with CDC, HHS and other agency stakeholders.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established a resource portal on CDC.gov with the latest information from CDC and the overarching medical community on COVID-19.
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Due to the rapidly evolving nature of this public health crisis, the BOP will update the open COVID-19 confirmed positive test numbers, recoveries, and the number of COVID-19 related deaths daily at 3:00 p.m. The positive test numbers are based on the most recently available confirmed lab results involving open cases from across the agency as reported by the BOP's Office of Occupational Health and Safety at 11:00 a.m. each day. BOP field sites may report additional updates throughout the day. Data is subject to change based on additional reporting.
The BOP has begun additional testing of asymptomatic inmates to assist in slowing transmissions within a correctional setting. As such, our data reflects an increase in the number of COVID-19 positive tests reflected in the table below. The BOP is able to better utilize this information for the management of an outbreak at the relevant, affected facility.
The inmate totals listed do not include inmates participating in the Federal Location Monitoring program, inmates supervised under the USPO, or being held in privately managed prisons. Additionally, the reference to the FCI Butner Low below refers to an isolation unit that is physically separated from the rest of the LSCI.
COVID-19 Inmate Test Information
About the Data
These data are compiled from a variety of sources and reviewed by BOP Health Services staff before documented for reporting. Not all tests are conducted by and/or reported to BOP. The number of positive tests at a facility is not equal to the number of cases, as one person may be tested more than once. The number of tests recorded per site reflects the number of persons at the specific facility who have been tested, whether at that site or at a prior facility.
COVID-19 Home Confinement Information
Given the surge in positive cases at select sites and in response to the Attorney General Barr's directives, the BOP began immediately reviewing all inmates who have COVID-19 risk factors, as described by the CDC, to determine which inmates are suitable for home confinement. Since the release of the Attorney General's original memo to the Bureau of Prisons on March 26, 2020 instructing us to prioritize home confinement as an appropriate response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the BOP has placed inmates on home confinement.
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- COVID-19 Inmate Screening Tool
- COVID-19 Staff Screening Tool
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Precautions/Modified Operations for Residential Reentry Centers.
- Coronavirus (COVID-19) Religious Accommodations
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Privately-managed prisons are secure institutions operated by private companies under contract and oversight of the BOP. The majority of federal inmates in private prisons are sentenced criminal aliens who will be deported upon completion of their sentence. Unlike federal inmates housed in BOP facilities, the contractor is responsible for the medical care and the costs associated with providing those services.
All inmates are being appropriately treated and isolated per CDC guidelines.