ABC7 News has learned that a correctional officer in the Department of Youth Rehabilitative Services has died as a result of COVID-19.
We were told the officer was a man in his mid-40s and died Wednesday.
The District had previously revealed that a juvenile inmate tested positive for COVID-19 and a number of other incarcerated youths and correctional officers were in quarantine.
Clinton Lacey, the Director of the D.C. Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services wrote the following in a statement:
It is with great sadness that I notify you about the passing of one of our colleagues, Kenneth Moore. A long-time and dedicated District government employee, Mr. Moore proudly served DYRS and youth committed to the agency as a Youth Development Representative (YDR) for 16 years.
D.C. Department of Corrections also confirmed two more inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 Wednesday.
Following the two newly confirmed cases, there is a total of eight inmates who have tested positive for the coronavirus, the department confirmed.
The new cases include a 48-year-old man and a 30-year-old woman. The man was previously housed in the D building of the Correctional Facility before he was moved to the quarantine unit on March 26.
The woman was previously housed in the correctional facility in the E building and is currently in isolation.
Earlier Wednesday, correctional officers in the adult system complained they do not have adequate supplies and equipment at the D.C. Jail to protect themselves and the inmates from the virus.
A colleague of the youth system officer who died had a similar complaint in a letter to other colleagues saying, "We can no longer push paper and attend meetings while our folks are dying, we need adequate sanitizing stations and products.”
Faced with complaints today from officers at the jail, Mayor Bowser insisted the city is following proper protocols.
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