Local corrections officer passes away after battle with COVID-19, state department says

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He worked at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown

David Keith, Youngstown guard

Source: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction said a local corrections officer has died after being diagnosed with COVID-19.

According to a tweet posted Thursday night, corrections officer David Keith passed away after recently being diagnosed with the virus.

Keith worked at the Ohio State Penitentiary in Youngstown.

A statement from JoEllen Smith, a spokesperson for the Ohio Department of Corrections, said Keith was tested through the department’s staff-testing process.

“Mr. Keith was tested on December 11, 2020 through DRC’s staff testing process, and that test came back positive. The warden at the Ohio State Penitentiary has been communicating with his son, who joined us today as we honor his life and service to our agency,” she said.

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