Ohio National Guard to Assist Understaffed Prisons as Staff Calls Out Sick

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.

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