The federal prison in Terre Haute has recorded its first inmate death related to COVID-19, according to the U.S. Bureau of Prisons.
The bureau’s coronavirus resource web page, which is updated daily, also shows three prison inmates have tested positive for COVID-19.
The bureau on Tuesday afternoon issued a news release saying inmate Gregory Phinton Glenn on Sunday reported chest pains and shortness of breath at the penitentiary, the maximum security prison within Federal Correctional Complex Terre Haute.
Staff immediately escorted Glenn to the Health Services at the prison and requested emergency medical services.
Glenn, 56, was transported by EMS to a local hospital for further treatment. While there, he was pronounced dead by hospital staff following cardiac arrest.
Glenn tested positive for COVID-19 prior to his departure from the institution to the hospital, according to the BOP.
Glenn was sentenced in the Southern District of Iowa to a 14-month sentence for a supervised release violation. His original conviction was for possession with intent to distribute heroin and fentanyl.
He had been in custody at U.S. Penitentiary Terre Haute since April 21.
Vic Rubinacci, first vice president of AFGE Local 720, a union representing prison staff, said at this point the Bureau of Prisons “is doing everything they can to protect employees” with personal protective equipment and testing.
That was not the case earlier this year, when employees did not have adequate PPE, something the union fought for, he said.
Those exposed to inmates with COVID-19 are being tested and several are on quarantine, Rubinacci said.
FCC Terre Haute includes a minimum security work camp, a medium security prison (Federal Correctional Institute) and a maximum security penitentiary. It has about 3,000 inmates, about 1,300 of whom are in the penitentiary.
Mark Fitton of the Tribune-Star also contributed to this report.