As corona virus cases top 160 at Pickaway Correctional Facility in Orient, Ohio, Republican Governor Mike DeWine ordered the Ohio National Guard assist with health care operations because a large portion of the prison’s medical staff is out with the infection.
“The @OHNationalGuard will begin providing assistance to the medical staff at Pickaway Correctional Institution. There are a number of medical staff out sick due to #COVID19 – they will provide triage support, taking temps, and helping with non-COVID19 cases,” the Governor posted on Twitter.
The number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in inmates hit 67; the first inmate death due to the virus was reported by the Governor on Monday.
“That inmate had a long-term chronic illness and was tested for #COVID19 before his death. The test results returned positive today. This the 1st death of a state inmate who has tested positive for the virus,” Gov. DeWine stated.
“The Ohio National Guard is supporting medical facilities across the state in building a proactive plan to expand their capacity so when the need arises they can focus on what’s most important -treating patients and saving lives,” stated Cpt. Brenton Wheaton, HHC 216th Engineering Battalion.