COVID-19 case confirmed at 5th Central Texas prison unit

A case of the new coronavirus has been confirmed at a fifth Central Texas state prison unit.(MGN)
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(KWTX) An inmate at the William Boyd Unit in Teague has been diagnosed with COVID-19, according to the latest report from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

The confirmation raises to five the total number of prison units in Central Texas where the virus has surfaced.

The other four units are all in Gatesville.

Three employees have tested positive for the virus at the Christina Melton Crain Unit; four employees and four inmates have tested positive at the Alfred D. Hughes Unit where 89 inmates are on medical restriction and four are isolated; 76 inmates and 18 employees have tested positive at the Dr. Lane Murray Unit where 76 inmates are isolated and 476 are medically restricted; and 13 inmates and nine employees have tested positive at the Linda Woodman State Jail where 13 inmates are isolated and 211 are medically restricted.

Meanwhile, four more Texas prison inmates diagnosed with COVID-19 have died.

David Randle, 57, who was serving a 60-year sentence out of Brown County at the Estelle Unit, died on April 26 at Hospital Galveston, to which he was taken on April 18.

Luis Garza, 53, who was serving a 25-year sentence at the Wynne Unit, died on April 19 at Hospital Galveston to which he was taken on April 15.

Darrin Houston, 55, who was serving a life sentence out of Dallas County at the Estelle Unit, died on April 18 at Hospital Galveston to which he was taken on April 14.

James Matthews, 66, died on April 13 after he was found unresponsive in his cell at the Beto Unit where he was serving a 40-year sentence out of Hopkins County.

Eleven other deaths are investigation.

A total of 394 prison employees, staff and contractors and 1,118 inmates have tested positive for the virus.

Forty state prison units including the four in Gatesville are locked down because of the virus.

A dozen inmates and five agency employees diagnosed with the virus earlier have died.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice employee James Coleman, 53, who tested positive for COVID-19 after falling ill at home on Monday, died Wednesday afternoon at an Abilene hospital.

Coleman, a 20-year TDCJ veteran last worked Sunday at the Middleton Unit in Abilene.

Coy D. Coffman, Jr., 65, a corrections officer at the Teford Unit in New Boston, who was diagnosed with COVID-19 on April 19, died Sunday evening.

Coffman was a nine-year TDCJ veteran.

Longtime Texas Department of Criminal Justice employee Akbar Shabazz, died on April 23 after a nearly three-week battle with the new coronavirus.

Shabazz, 70, who was the TDCJ’s regional area Muslim chaplain, fell ill on April 3.

He died early on April 23 at Methodist Hospital in the Woodlands.

He started work as a volunteer and became an employee of the agency in September 1977.

Correctional Officer Jonathon Keith Goodman, 52, an 11-year Texas Department of Criminal Justice veteran, died Tuesday afternoon at a hospital in Amarillo after he was removed from life support following a stroke on April 17.

He tested positive for COVID-19 on April 11 and the virus apparently contributed to his death, prison officials said.

Kelvin Wilcher, 49, a correctional officer at the Estelle Unit in Huntsville, died on April 6 after testing positive for the virus.

Twelve inmates diagnosed with the virus have died as well, one of whom was serving a sentence for a local offense.

Nathaniel Morgan, 77, who was serving a life sentence at the Wynne Unit out of Tarrant County, died on April 24 at Hospital Galveston after suffering shortness of breath on April 22.

Vaughn Harvey, 70, who was serving a life sentence at the Wynne Unit out of Smith County, died on April 26 at Hospital Galveston to which he was transferred on April 23.

Timothy Bazrowx died on April 23 at Hospital Galveston after suffering from shortness of breath on April 17. He was serving a 20-year sentence out of Ellis County for aggravated sexual assault at the Wynne Unit.

Harold Dean Wilson, 65, also died on April 23 at Hospital Galveston to which he was transferred on April 18. He was serving a 20-year sentence at the Terrell Unit for possession of child pornography out of Randall County.

Thomas Rodriguez, 79, died on Aril 23 at Hospital Galveston to which he was transferred on April 19. Rodriguez, who had underlying conditions, was serving a life sentence for kidnapping out of Harris County at the Wynne Unit.

Robert Hohn, 79, who was serving a 50-year sentence out of Liberty County at the Telford Unit died on April 22 at Hospital Galveston. He had pre-existing conditions.

James Lorke, 65, died on April 21 after he was flown to Hospital Galveston.

He had served 28 years of a 99-year sentence for murder out of Bexar County.

James Nealy, 68, was found unresponsive in his cell on April 15 at the Wynne Unit in Huntsville.

He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

A preliminary autopsy indicated the cause of death was COVID-19.

Nealy was serving a 99-year sentence after he was convicted in Bell County of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Willie Eanes, 84, was taken on April 14 from the Telford Unit to the University of Texas Tyler Medical Center with symptoms consistent with the virus.

He tested positive the next day and died on April 20.

Eanes, who had underlying medical conditions, was serving a 45-year sentence after he was convicted of murder in Tarrant County.

Inmate Bartolo Infante, 72, died on April 7 after testing positive for the virus on April 3 at the Telford Unit in New Boston.

Inmate Leonard Clerkly, 62, who was who was serving a life sentence at the Pack Unit in Navsota for aggravated sexual assault of a child younger than 12 out of Tarrant County, died on April 11.

Inmate Johnny Davis, 60, who was serving a 10-year sentence at the Telford Unit in New Boston for obstruction/retaliation out of Hunt County, died on April 14 after testing positive for the virus.