Inmate At Correctional Center Dies After Hospitalization; COVID-19 Outbreak Continues


Monday, September 7th 2020, 9:55 pm
By: Amy Kauffman


MUSKOGEE, Okla. -

The Department of Corrections confirms an inmate at Eddie Warrior Correctional Center in Taft has died.

The department said she was showing symptoms of COVID-19 and was in the hospital before her death. The DOC said the female inmate died Saturday, just a few days after they identified Eddie Warrior Correctional Center as a hot spot for the virus.

City and county leaders in Muskogee believe people deserve an explanation for the sudden outbreak.  

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A group of supporters gathered outside of Eddie Warrior Correctional Center in Taft Monday morning to show women in orange they are by their side.

Muskogee County's case count tripled in the matter of days. City and County Leaders say so far they haven't detected any community spread outside of the prison, but many are still worried.

"We are very concerned about the workers that have to go to and fro between the correctional center and their homes,” Mayor Marlon Coleman said.

Coleman is on the City-County task force and said they immediately started asking the Department of Corrections if they could provide any additional PPE to the facility.

The women at Eddie Warrior were shouting to News On 6 while outside the facility recording video.

They told us "we are non-violent offenders; the governor has the ability to give us a reprieve, help us.”

Mayor Coleman said the task force is getting some updates from the DOC, but they believe more transparency is necessary.

“The residents deserve an explanation as to how we got here and what the DOC is going to do to be sure that it doesn't happen again,” Coleman said.