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July 6, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

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

61-year-old David Rene Martinez, died June 21, 2020, at Hospital Galveston. He was transported from the Michael Unit in Tennessee Colony to a local hospital on May 22, 2020, and then to Hospital Galveston on June 4, 2020. Offender Martinez tested positive for COVID-19 on May 22, 2020. Preliminary autopsy results indicate that in addition to pre-existing medical conditions, COVID-19 was a contributing cause in his death. He had served 2 years on a 65-year sentence from Harris County.

65-year-old Alvin Ray Spencer, died June 25, 2020, at the West Texas Hospital in Lubbock. He was transported from the Smith Unit in Lamesa on May 11, 2020. Offender Spencer tested positive for COVID-19 on May 11, 2020. There was no autopsy conducted, but medical evidence suggests that COVID-19 was a contributing factor in his death. He had served nearly 18 years on a 35-year sentence from Eastland County.

51-year-old Paul Alexander Casiano, died June 27, 2020, at Hospital Galveston. He was transported from the Dominguez Unit in San Antonio on June 23, 2020. Offender Casiano tested positive for COVID-19. There was no autopsy conducted, but medical evidence suggests that COVID-19 was a contributing factor in his death. He had served 1 year on a 6-year sentence from Kendall County.

71-year-old James Lee Price, died June 24, 2020, at Hospital Galveston. He was transported from the Duncan Unit in Diboll on June 6, 2020. Offender Price tested positive for COVID-19 on June 7, 2020. Preliminary autopsy results indicate that in addition to a number of pre-existing conditions, COVID-19 was a contributing cause in his death. He had served 2 years on a 7-year sentence from Tarrant County.

In total there have been 128,796 offenders and 38,460 employees tested for COVID-19. Of those tested, 9,592 offenders and 1,782 staff have tested positive for COVID-19 in both symptomatic and asymptomatic testing. There have been 7,376 offenders and 999 employees who have recovered. There have been 88 offender deaths connected to COVID 19 with an additional 29 under investigation. There have been 9 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
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