Over 1,000 Inmates at North Texas Prison Test Positive for Coronavirus

A North Texas federal prison has more than 1,000 inmates with COVID-19, one of whom has died from the virus, NBC News reports.

According to the report, the Federal Correctional Institute at Seagoville has 1,798 inmates total and at least 1,072 have tested positive for coronavirus.

One inmate, 65-year-old James Giannetta, died Thursday after testing positive June 26, NBC reports. He experienced shortness of breath and spent time on a ventilator. He reportedly had pre-existing conditions. Giannetta was in prison on a drug charge and a conspiracy to launder money charge.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, the high count makes the Federal Correctional Institute at Seagoville home of the largest coronavirus outbreak of any US federal prison.

Familes of prisoners told NBC News that inmates have complained that the prison is facing deteriorating conditions and air conditioning systems don’t work properly.

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SOURCE: The Hill, Brooke Seipel