HOUSTON (CBSDFW.COM/AP) — A prison in Texas has been ordered to provide inmates with soap, hand sanitizer and masks following the death of an inmate who tested positive for the coronavirus.
U.S. District Judge Keith Ellison in Houston issued a preliminary injunction Thursday night calling for the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to provide the items at the Pack Unit, where 62-year-old Leonard Clerkly had been incarcerated.READ MORE: North Texas Parents Consider Whether Or Not To Have Their 12 To 15-Year-Olds Vaccinated Against COVID-19
The Pack Unit is located in Grimes County near College Station.
Clerkly died Saturday at a local hospital after testing positive for the virus. As of Thursday, 327 inmates in Texas prisons had tested positive for the virus.READ MORE: Dallas Firefighters Put Out 3-Alarm Fire At 15-Story Terrace House High Rise
Meanwhile, the number of statewide deaths in Texas caused by the new coronavirus has topped 400 and confirmed cases are approaching 17,000, according to statistics compiled Thursday evening at Johns Hopkins University.
For most people, the novel coronavirus causes mild or moderate symptoms, such as fever and cough that clear up in two to three weeks. For some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness, including pneumonia, and death. The vast majority of people recover.MORE NEWS: 'It Felt Like Our Accomplishments Weren’t As Valued': Hockaday Girls' Lacrosse Championship A Bitter-Sweet Experience Compared To Jesuit Dallas Boys'
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