9 inmates died of COVID-19 at Ohio federal prison

9 inmates died of COVID-19 at Ohio federal prison
(Source: KPLC)

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Columbiana County health officials confirmed nine inmates have now died from COVID-19 at the Elkton Federal Correctional Institution.

According to health officials, the latest victim was a 56-year-old man with underlying health conditions.

There are a total of 62 confirmed cases of COVID-19 at the prison.

Soldiers with the Ohio National Guard spent several weeks at the prison in April on a medical mission.

The soldiers helped treat and transport the seriously ill patients.

Their mission at the prison was completed on April 24.

Also, since Elkton is a federal prison, Ohio does not have the authority to release federal prisoners.

All visiting at this facility has been suspended until further notice

FCI Elkton is a low security facility that currently houses 2040 male offenders, with an adjacent Federal Satellite Low which currently houses 417 low security male offenders.

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