Gang rivalries and crowding increase tensions as the disease is detected in almost all living units, staff members say.
A class-action lawsuit is planned in response to this “major catastrophe” as more prisoners arrive at OCCC.
Five inmates were released Tuesday and more on Wednesday to comply with state Supreme Court orders.
Corrections officials are not yet releasing the name of the 70-year-old who died at Halawa Correctional Facility.
The administration also plans to borrow $750 million and defer health fund payments to balance the state budget.
The state Supreme Court ordered the release of certain inmates because physical distancing is not possible, which potentially places inmates and staff at risk of death.
State Department of Public Safety protocol calls for isolating new arrivals for 14 days to prevent coronoavirus spread.
Staff and inmates alike have been infected as COVID-19 spreads inside Hawaii’s largest jail.