Spike in COVID-19 cases at Ohio federal prison, health officials say
CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - Columbiana County health officials said there has been another spike in COVID-19 cases Thursday, mainly related to Elkton Federal Correctional Institution.
A total of 628 inmates at the prison have tested positive for COVID-19.
There are a total of 1048 COVID-19 cases in Columbia County.
One of the inmates who tested positive is former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora.
Dimora, who is serving a 28-year sentence for corruption charges, is in isolation with other prisoners who have tested positive.
According to health officials, nine inmates at the prison have died from COVID-19.
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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