31-year old Andrea Circle Bear lost her life battle to novel coronavirus in the federal prison. She was jailed for 26-month for maintaining drug-involved premises. She was transferred to a federal medical facility in Fort Worth, Texas on March 20, from a local jail in South Dakota.
Andrea was a new prisoner so she was in isolation to combat the spread of novel coronavirus. On March 28, she was shifted to John Peter Smith hospital because of issues regarding her pregnancy. But she was cleared from the hospital on the same day and shifted to the prison.
Three days later she had a fever and dry cough so she was taken to hospital. Doctors placed her on the ventilator and revealed that she had pneumonia.
She was seven months pregnant when she was jailed. There she talked with her grandmother for the last time before her death.
Her grandmother said that last time when she talked with her she asked me to tell her children that she loved them. She said Andrea had caught coronavirus when she was shifted from FMC Carswell. Grandmother LaBeau disclosed that she was in the cold without any jacket.
After staying on the ventilator she gave birth to her daughter by way of c-section. Because of her pregnancy, she was at high risk but she was not released from jail.
According to the Bureau of Prisons and Justice Department guidelines, prisoners should be kept in home confinement to stop the spread of coronavirus.
When she was allowed for home confinement she was already on a ventilator. Andrea Circle Bear was detained for selling methamphetamine secretly to an informant twice for $850.
Andrea was living with her five children at the time of the arrest. She wished to return to the children but unfortunately, she succumbed to novel coronavirus.