A mental health counselor employed by the Lake
County Jail has died after being hospitalized for coronavirus.
A few weeks ago,
the counselor called off sick after experiencing flu-like symptoms, Lake
County Sheriff Oscar Martinez told The (Northwest Indiana) Times. He was
instructed to stay quarantined and to consult his doctor.
In the following
days, the counselor’s condition worsened, he was hospitalized and tested
positive for COVID-19. The counselor died early Thursday, Martinez said.
name has not been released.
“We are all
saddened at the recent loss of the counselor,” Martinez said. “We consider
him and any of our employees family. We’re trying to deal with this
difficult loss as a team.”
A medical assistant
and a registered nurse working at the jail who had tested positive for the
virus have been cleared of it and have been able to return to work.
Four inmates who
tested positive remain in isolation and are medically stable with no
symptoms, Martinez said. They and five other inmates showing flu-like
symptoms are in isolation, he said.