Spike in COVID-19 cases at Ohio federal prison, health officials say

Spike in COVID-19 cases at Ohio federal prison, health officials say
(Source: KPLC)

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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