The man’s death is the 17th COVID-related mortality at Federal Medical Center Fort Worth.
A 76-year-old man died inside a Fort Worth jail following difficulties with COVID-19. He was serving a 14-year sentence for mail fraud.

 

Family of inmate Chris Monroe pleads for his safety as coronavirus quickly spreads at the Federal Medical Center prison in Fort Worth, Texas.

Eldon A. Gresham Jr., who has been detained in the Federal Medical Center in Fort Worth since October 2013, tested positive for the virus on January 18. In a news statement, the Federal Bureau of Prisons stated that he was “immediately placed in medical isolation.”

“He was assessed by medical professionals for shortness of breath and other symptoms on Friday, Jan. 21, 2022,” the agency said. “On Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022, Mr. Gresham was found unconscious and proclaimed died by the institution physician, despite the fact that he had long-term, pre-existing medical illnesses that the CDC cites as risk factors for developing more severe COVID-19 disease.”

In late April 2020, Gresham tested positive for COVID-19 for the first time. He had healed and was free of symptoms by mid-May.

Gresham’s death came little over a month after the death within COVID-19 of a 64-year-old man. Gresham is the 17th person at FMC Fort Worth to succumb to the coronavirus.

People incarcerated in prisons are at least 4.77 times more likely to be infected with COVID-19 than the general population, according to the Federal Public Community Defenders.