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First inmate death related to coronavirus at eastern Ohio prison

So far, 3 inmates at Elkton Federal Prison have tested positive for COVID-19, another 80 are showing symptoms.

ELKTON, Ohio — Officials at Elkton Prison near Youngstown say an inmate has died from a suspected case of coronavirus.

That inmate, 53-year-old Woodrow Taylor, had been awaiting test results.

Three other inmates at the prison have tested positive for COVID-19 and another 80 other inmates are showing symptoms, according to Joseph Mayle, the president of the union that represents officers at Elkton.

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Inmate Woodrow Taylor was evaluated by institutional medical staff and transported to a local hospital for further treatment and evaluation due to the inability to maintain a sufficient oxygen saturation and shortness of breath. 

According to the Federal Bureau of Prisons, "His condition quickly declined and he was placed on a ventilator. On Thursday, April 2, 2020, Mr. Taylor, who had long-term, pre-existing medical conditions, which the CDC lists as risk factors for developing more severe COVID-19 disease, was pronounced dead by hospital staff. While at the local hospital, Mr. Taylor was tested for COVID19; however, test results were still pending at the time of his death. 

Mr. Taylor was a 53 year-old male serving a 60 month sentence for Conspiracy to Possess with Intent to Distribute 500 grams or more of Cocaine. He had been in custody at FSL Elkton since April 29, 2019." 

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