Elkton prison reports another death, new cases of COVID-19


A fifth inmate, a 71-year-old man, died Tuesday

Elkton federal prison, Columbiana County

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ELKTON, Ohio (WKBN) – More deaths and cases of COVID-19 are being reported at the Elkton Federal Correctional Institution in Columbiana County.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons is reporting five inmates have died and 36 have tested positive — that’s up 12 from Monday.

Inmate David Ehle, age 71, reported to the Health Services Department at Elkton. He was evaluated by institutional medical staff and transported to a local hospital for further treatment and evaluation.

While at the local hospital, Ehle tested positive for COVID-19. On Friday, April 3, his condition quickly declined and he was placed on a ventilator.

On Tuesday, April 14, Ehle, who the Federal Bureau of Prisons reports had long-term, pre-existing medical conditions, was pronounced dead by hospital staff.

Ehle was sentenced to a 197-month sentence for receiving child pornography. He had been in custody at FCI Elkton since June 13, 2012.

The bureau is also reporting 11 more staff members have tested positive, bringing the total to 26.

However, Union President Joseph Mayle said 49 inmates are in isolation, another 34 are hospitalized and 17 are on ventilators.

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