WCBE Header Banner 20190208
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
Available On Air Stations

Ohio Prisons Director Tests Positive For COVID-19

Associated Press

The director of Ohio's prison system has announced that she has tested positive for the coronavirus. Annette Chambers-Smith is head of the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, which oversees Ohio's 46,000 inmates. 

Chambers-Smith told staff that she received the results Monday after being tested Friday because she wasn't feeling well. The agency says the director is working from home and has mild symptoms. Chambers-Smith has not been inside a prison since June 26 and hasn't been in the office since July 21. More than 5,000 inmates have tested positive to date, with nearly 90 inmate deaths.

In Ohio, cases have been reported in nearly all prisons, but two account for the majority of cases: Pickaway Correctional Institution, which includes a medical wing, and Marion Correctional Institution in north-central Ohio, where virtually all inmates tested positive. 

Related Content