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July 1, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice regrets to inform you of the death of an offender likely connected to the coronavirus.

62-year-old, Tommy Russ Shoefstall, died June 21, 2020, at Hospital Galveston. He was transported from the Pack Unit in Navasota on June 13, 2020. Offender Shoefstall tested positive for COVID-19 on June 8, 2020. There was no autopsy conducted, but medical evidence suggests that COVID-19 was a contributing factor in his death. He had served 25 years on a 60-year sentence from Clay County.

In total there have been 117,765 offenders and 35,662 employees tested for COVID-19. Of those tested, 8,811 offenders and 1,556 staff have tested positive for COVID-19 in both symptomatic and asymptomatic testing. There have been 7,004 offenders and 950 employees who have recovered. There have been 84 offender deaths connected to COVID 19 with an additional 28 under investigation. There have been 8 employee line of duty deaths from COVID-19.

Helpful Links:

Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) - News Updates COVID-19
Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) - Texas Case Counts Map
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)- Coronavirus (COVID-19)
CDC Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) - World Map