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COVID-19 Updates

September 24, 2020

COVID-19 TDCJ Update

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

84-year-old Charles Ray Mason died June 20, 2020, at a local hospital in College Station. He was transported from the Pack Unit in Navasota on June 9, 2020. Offender Mason tested positive for COVID-19 on June 9, 2020. There was no autopsy conducted, but medical evidence suggests that COVID-19 was a contributing factor in his death. He had served nearly 32 years on multiple life sentences out of Dallas County.

63-year-old Ricardo Maldonado died August 25, 2020, at Hospital Galveston. He was transported from the McConnell Unit in Beeville on July 25, 2020. Offender Maldonado tested positive for COVID-19 on July 25, 2020. There was no autopsy conducted, but medical evidence suggests that COVID-19 was a contributing factor in his death. He had served 22 years on a 40-year sentence out of Wilson County.

54-year-old Angel Rene Mendez died May 7, 2020, at a local hospital in Huntsville. He was transported from the Estelle Unit in Huntsville on April 26, 2020. Offender Mendez tested positive for COVID-19 on April 24, 2020. Final autopsy results indicate that in addition to a number of pre-existing medical conditions, COVID-19 was the cause of his death. He had served eight years on a 35-year sentence out of Comal County.

55-year-old Gloria Proo died September 11, 2020, at Hospital Galveston. She was transported from the Crain Unit in Gatesville on August 29, 2020. Offender Proo tested positive for COVID-19 on August 29, 2020. There was no autopsy conducted, but medical evidence suggests that COVID-19 was a contributing factor in her death. She had served three years on an 88-year sentence out of Bexar County.

74-year-old Ray Caballero Tapia died September 14, 2020, at Hospital Galveston. He was transported from the Powledge Unit in Palestine on September 6, 2020. Offender Tapia tested positive for COVID-19 on September 4, 2020. There was no autopsy conducted, but medical evidence suggests that COVID-19 was a contributing factor in his death. He had served three years on an 6-year sentence out of Tarrant County.

58-year-old Lee Rue Culp, Jr. died May 2, 2020, at a local hospital in Houston. He was transported from the Stringfellow Unit in Rosharon on May 1, 2020. Offender Culp tested positive for COVID-19 on May 2, 2020. Final autopsy results indicate that in addition to a number of pre-existing medical conditions, COVID-19 was the cause of his death. He had served one year on a 6-year sentence out of Dallas County.

In total there have been 205,284 offenders and 68,940 employees tested for COVID-19. Of those tested, 21,695 offenders and 4,749 staff have tested positive for COVID-19 in both symptomatic and asymptomatic testing. There have been 20,548 offenders and 3,767 employees who have recovered. There have been 161 offender deaths connected to COVID 19 with an additional 37 under investigation. There have been 20 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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