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Tarrant County Numbers Soar As 485 Inmates At Fort Worth Federal Prison Test Positive

Federal Medical Center Fort Worth
Bureau of Prisons
Federal Medical Center Fort Worth

Tarrant County reported 485 new COVID-19 cases Sunday. Officials have confirmed that 423 of those cases are among male inmates at the Federal Medical Center Fort Worth.

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons website, 619 inmates and one staff member at the Federal Medical Center Fort Worth have tested positive for the disease. Four inmates have died. As of Sunday, the facility has the third highest COVID-19 case count of any federal prison.

The prison houses about 1,500 male inmates who need medical or mental health treatment. Visitation has been suspended until further notice.

The Bureau of Prisons said it's now testing inmates who don't show symptoms of COVID-19 to try and slow transmission, and that increased testing is reflected in this spike in positive cases.

As of Sunday, a total of 3,695 cases of COVID-19 had been confirmed in Tarrant County, including 103 deaths. Two new deaths were also reported Sunday: a Kennedale woman in her 80s and a Bedford man in his 50s. Officials say both had underlying health conditions.