Media Release

The five agency staff members mentioned are the total for DOC statewide – not specific to Jackie Brannon Correctional Center. The one inmate who tested positive is from JBCC.

OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Department of Corrections confirms an inmate at Jackie Brannon Correctional Center in McAlester has tested positive for COVID-19. Four facility staff members and one probation and parole officer have also tested positive for the virus.

ODOC is working with the Oklahoma State Department of Health to continue implementing its response to the pandemic and preventing community spread.

Saturday, the state health department provided masks for all inmates and staff.

Sunday, ODOC ordered all prisons to secure inmates in their cells while allowing access to necessary services, a move to protect the health of inmates and staff – not intended as a disciplinary measure.

Facility staff will deliver food, medicine, and any other necessities to inmates to limit group gatherings and enhance social distancing. Staff will devise schedules for activities including making phone calls and showering.

ODOC’s Pandemic Plan as well as resources and links to reliable information are available at The public can call the DOC COVID-19 Update telephone line – 405-425-2556 – for updated pandemic-related information. They can also contact the Community Outreach Unit for more information at [email protected] or 405-425-2607.

Updates are also available on ODOC social media.