Inmate at federal prison in Ohio dies after experiencing coronavirus symptoms


By Eric Heisig - Advance Ohio Media, Cleveland (TNS)



CLEVELAND, Ohio — An inmate at a federal prison in Ohio died Thursday after experiencing symptoms associated with the coronavirus, officials said.

Woodrow Taylor, 53, died at a hospital after reporting symptoms to the health staff at the satellite facility of the low-security Elkton Federal Correctional Institution in Columbiana County on Tuesday, according to a news release from the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

Staff moved Taylor to a hospital because he experienced shortness of breath and was not getting enough oxygen, the release states. His condition declined and hospital workers placed him on a ventilator, but he later died.

The release says Taylor was tested for the coronavirus though results were still pending when he died.

Taylor was serving a 5-year sentence for a cocaine conspiracy conviction and had been at the Elkton prison since April 29, 2019. The prisons bureau said he had “long-term, pre-existing medical conditions” that placed him at higher risk for illness associated with the coronavirus.

The prison grounds, which are about 100 miles southeast of Ohio, consists of a facility that hoses 2,040 male inmates, with a satellite facility that houses more than 400. Former Cuyahoga County Commissioner Jimmy Dimora is serving his 28-year sentence there.

The prisons bureau reported that 75 people in its custody across the country caught the virus as of Thursday, as well as 39 staff members. Two of the inmates who tested positive are at Elkton, while none of the staff members are in Ohio.

Prison officials across the country imposed a two-week lockdown starting Wednesday to further prevent the spread of the virus.

A growing number of voices have called for counties, states and the federal government to reduce the population of people behind bars, as they worry that the cramped quarters and unsanitary conditions in many jails and prisons could exacerbate an already serious health crisis. There are more than 174,000 federal inmates across the country.

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By Eric Heisig

Advance Ohio Media, Cleveland (TNS)

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