Inmate Death Reported

Tuesday, May 05, 2020 | 01:15pm

HARTSVILLE – An inmate who was taken to a local hospital last week for an assessment has passed away.  The 67-year-old man tested positive for COVID-19 while in the hospital and died Monday morning at 1:20 am.  The exact cause of his death is pending official determination from the medical examiner.  The inmate, who was housed at the Trousdale Turner Correctional Center, was transported to the hospital on April 25 and was tested for COVID-19.  Currently, six Tennessee inmates who are COVID-19 positive are hospitalized. One is in serious condition.

The Department of Correction announced on Friday, May 1 that it would conduct another round of mass testing of all inmates and staff in TDOC prisons.  CoreCivic will also conduct mass testing for staff and inmates at the facilities it operates.  Testing for staff began Monday at the Middle Tennessee facilities and will continue throughout the state this week.

The Department of Correction encourages members of the public to visit our website for Frequently Asked Questions Related To COVID-19.