Federal inmate in Terre Haute dies of COVID-19

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — An inmate at the federal penitentiary in Terre Haute has died from COVID-19, according to a Bureau of Prisons spokesperson.

Byron Dale Bird was transported to a Terre Haute hospital Aug. 27 after testing positive for the coronavirus. He was admitted to the intensive care unit the following day, where he remained hospitalized until he died Sunday.

Bird was a 65-year-old male who 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.

To date, 61 inmates and one staff member at the federal facilities in Terre Haute have tested positive for COVID-19. Bird was the second inmate to die as a result of the virus.

The Bureau of Prisons provides daily updates and information on actions related to COVID-19 at www.bop.gov/coronavirus/index.jsp.

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