Texas CO dies from COVID-19 complications

Keith Goodman, 52, died at a hospital after being removed from life support


By Sarah Calams

AMARILLO, Texas — An 11-year veteran correctional officer died Tuesday from COVID-19 complications.

ABC7Amarillo.com reported that Jonathon Keith Goodman, 52, died at a hospital after being removed from life support. Goodman, who worked at the Bill Clements Unit in Amarillo, was found in his home on April 17 after suffering an apparent stroke. He was transported to the hospital in critical condition. 

Jonathon Keith Goodman was found in his home on April 17 after suffering an apparent stroke. (Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)
Jonathon Keith Goodman was found in his home on April 17 after suffering an apparent stroke. (Photo/Texas Department of Criminal Justice)

The following day, a test revealed he was positive for COVID-19. 

"All of the thoughts and prayers of the entire Texas Department of Criminal Justice go out to the Goodman family," Bryan Collier, Texas Department of Criminal Justice executive director, said. "The unexpected loss of one who is loved so deeply is a tragic time and the TDCJ family sends its strength and extends its profound sympathy to the Goodman family to get through this difficult time."

Goodman's last shift was on April 5. His wife is also employed by TDCJ.

Currently, there are eight positive employee COVID-19 cases at the Bill Clements Unit, and four offender positive cases.

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