Fifth corrections employee dies due to coronavirus

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) — A fifth corrections employee has died due to contracting the COVID-19 coronavirus.

Gov. Mike DeWine extended his condolences to the family of Terry Loomis, 62, a corrections officer at Lake Erie Correctional Institution in Ashtabula County, where he worked for 18 years.

Two other guards and two prison nurses have also died during the pandemic.

The institute reported last week a total of 58 staff members have tested positive for the virus.

Loomis is the first staff member from the institution to die from the virus.

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