Visits to resume at federal prisons

An inmate at the U.S. Penitentiary at Terre Haute has died due to COVID-19.

Federal prison officials said Byron Dale Bird, 65, was taken to a local hospital Aug. 27 after testing positive for COVID-19. He was placed in the intensive care unit on Aug. 28, and remained there until his death Sunday.

Bird was sentenced in the Eastern District of Michigan to an 888-month sentence for 14 counts involving sexual abuse of a minor, abusive sexual contact, witness tampering, failure to register as a sex offender, and crime of violence by someone who failed to register as a sex offender.

He had been in custody at USP Terre Haute since July 31, 2019.

USP Terre Haute is a high security facility that currently houses 1,279 male offenders.

The federal prison in Terre Haute recorded its first inmate death related to COVID-19 in the spring. Gregory Phinton Glenn, 56, died May 24.

The Bureau of Prisons provides daily updates and information on actions related to COVID-19 at

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Lisa Trigg has been a reporter at the Tribune-Star since 2009. With more than 30 years of newspaper experience, she now covers general news with a focus on crime and courts.

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