Another detainee dies at Cook County Jail in Chicago after testing positive for Covid-19

A second detainee who tested positive for Covid-19 has died at Cook County Jail in Chicago, officials said today.

The 51-year-old inmate was pronounced dead last evening at St. Anthony’s Hospital. Preliminary reports indicate he died as the result of complications due to the virus. An autopsy is pending according to a statement the sheriff’s office. The prisoner had been hospitalized since April 3 and is the second person in custody who has died after testing positive for the virus at the jail.

“Everything Sheriff’s officers and county medical professionals have done since before the virus started spreading in the Chicago area was in an effort to prevent the loss of life to this deadly virus,” the Cook County Sherriff’s Office said in a statement. “We will continue to work round-the-clock to aggressively combat the spread of COVID-19.”

A federal judge yesterday denied a motion to order the immediate release of medically vulnerable detainees at the Cook County Jail to prevent the further spread of Covid-19.

As of yesterday evening, there were 276 detainees in custody at the jail who have tested positive for COVID-19. Of those, 21 were being treated at local hospitals and 36 others had been moved to a recovery facility. At least 219 were being treated and monitored by Cermak Health Services, a division of Cook County Health and Hospitals System, for mild-to-moderate symptoms.

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