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Third FCI Elkton inmate dies as coronavirus crisis ramps up in prisons

A staff member has tested positive for coronavirus.
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Federal Correctional Institution Elkton in Lisbon

LISBON — Three inmates at the Federal Correctional Institution Elkton who reported symptoms similar to COVID-19 have died, according to reports and a news release from the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

A staff member at the prison has also tested positive for the novel coronavirus causing a crisis in Ohio and throughout the world, according to reports.

Among the dead is Margarito Garcia-Fragoso, 65, who reported to the Health Services Department at the Federal Satellite Low Institution Elkton on March 27. He was evaluated by institutional medical staff and transported to a local hospital for further treatment and evaluation because of the inability to maintain oxygen saturation, the release said. 

While at the hospital, Garcia-Fragoso tested positive for COVID-19. His condition quickly declined and he was placed on a ventilator. 

Garcia-Fragoso had long-term, pre-existing medical conditions, which the CDC lists as risk factors for developing more severe COVID-19 disease.

Another FCI Elkton inmate, Woodrow Taylor, 53, also died Thursday after reporting symptoms similar to COVID-19. He was tested at the hospital for COVID-19, but those test results have not yet been returned.