42 Elkton Inmates in Hospital, 13 Staff Test Positive

LISBON, Ohio – Cases of COVID-9 continue to climb in Columbiana County, where the county health district reported Friday 90 positive cases, up from 82 cases on Thursday.

These numbers reflect cases from East Liverpool City Hospital, Salem Regional Medical Center and the Federal Corrections Institution Elkton.

The number of deaths remained the same Friday as the previous day at six. County health officials had said the sixth death reported Thursday was that of a male county resident who was out of state at the time of his death from the virus on April 3.

According to the Ohio Department of Health’s figures Friday afternoon, the county had 92 positive cases, with 58 people hospitalized.

The number of hospitalized FCI Elkton inmates with COVID-19 actually decreased Friday with 42 compared to 44 on Thursday, according to Joseph Mayle, president of the Law Enforcement Officers Union at the facility.

Of those hospitalized, 18 are on ventilators, he reported.

At the prison, where its own medical staff is being assisted by the National Guard, Mayle said Friday 60 inmates were in isolation after exhibiting symptoms, down from 67 Thursday. Six inmates remained in quarantine.

Mayle reported Friday that 13 staff members tested positive for COVID-19, up from 10 on Thursday. He said the number of deaths remained the same at three inmates and no staff members.

Statistics posted Friday afternoon for FCI Elkton by the Federal Bureau of Prisons stated 10 inmates and 10 staff members had tested positive, with three deaths to date.

Mayle said the National Guard has not increased its presence at the prison but is assisting health services as it has since Governor Mike DeWine enlisted its assistance in response to the number of positive inmate cases.

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