Commissioner: Timothy C. Ward

Director of Public Affairs: Joan Heath

Georgia Department of Corrections Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Update

FORSYTH, Ga. - The Georgia Department of Corrections (GDC) announced today the death of a 65-year old offender due to complications related to COVID-19.  The offender, who had been housed at Georgia Diagnostic and Classification Prison and had underlying medical conditions, had been hospitalized at a local hospital in Griffin, Georgia and was pronounced deceased on May 14 at approximately 6:00 a.m.

Additional updates related to GDC’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic will be provided via our website and social media channels.  Status of confirmed positive cases are maintained via a dashboard on the website, which will be updated daily at 6:00 p.m.

The GDC’s Office of Health Services is working closely with the Georgia Department of Public Health to ensure appropriate protocols and guidelines are followed while managing the safety and welfare of our staff and offender population.


Press Contact Joan Heath