In Response to Portman Pressure, Bureau of Prisons Commits to Additional COVID-19 Testing at Elkton Federal Prison in Lisbon, Ohio

May 11, 2020 | Press Releases

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senator Rob Portman discussed the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 cases at Federal Correctional Institution Elkton in Lisbon, Ohio with Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal. Portman released the following statement: 

“For more than a month I’ve been urging the Bureau of Prisons to do the right thing and increase COVID-19 testing for the more than 2,400 inmates and personnel at Elkton. Elkton now has the highest number of deaths of any federal prison, with nine fatalities. The lack of sufficient testing there remains unacceptable.  

“Today, Director Carvajal told me that the Bureau of Prisons would now increase testing at Elkton to 150 inmates and personnel per day. This is a positive step in the right direction, especially after we’ve been told repeatedly that they only had sufficient capacity to test 100 individuals per week. I will continue to urge the White House Task Force, the Department of Health & Human Services, and the Bureau of Prisons to ramp up testing capacity further to protect the incarcerated, those employed at the prison, and the surrounding community.” 

NOTE: Last month, Portman sent a letter urging Attorney General William Barr and Bureau of Prisons Director Michael Carvajal to increase COVID-19 testing at Federal Correctional Institution Elkton in Lisbon, Ohio.

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