Second inmate dies at federal prison in Ohio as coronavirus rips through lockups


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



CLEVELAND, Ohio — A 65-year old male inmate housed at a federal prison in eastern Ohio died Thursday from the coronavirus, the second suspected to have died from the illness, federal officials said.

Margarito Garcia-Fragoso reported March 27 to the health staff at the satellite facility of the Elkton Federal Correctional Institution in Columbiana County, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. Staff members moved Garcia-Fragoso to a hospital because he wasn’t getting enough oxygen, and he tested positive for the coronavirus, according to a news release.

His condition declined, and hospital workers placed him on a ventilator, though it was not enough to save his life, according to the release. He had pre-existing medical conditions that put him at higher risk for illness associated with the coronavirus, the release states.

Garcia-Fragoso was serving a sentence of more than 10 years for federal drug and weapons convictions. He had been at the prison since January 2017.

The prison grounds, which are about 100 miles southeast of Cleveland, consists of a facility that houses 2,040 male inmates, with a satellite facility that houses more than 400. It is the only federal prison in Ohio.

Garcia-Fragoso is the second inmate from Elkton to die this week. Woodrow Taylor, 53, also died Thursday after experiencing similar symptoms, though the results of a coronavirus test were still pending when Taylor died.

The prisons bureau reported that 91 people in its custody across the country caught the virus as of Thursday, as well as 50 staff members. Two of the inmates who tested positive are at Elkton, along with one staff member.

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

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By Eric Heisig

Advance Ohio Media, Cleveland (TNS)

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