3rd correctional officer dies from COVID-19 complications
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. A third Florida correctional officer has died from complications of COVID-19, the Florida Department of Corrections confirmed on Wednesday, nine days after the officer died. Johnnie Brown, a correctional officer who was assigned to the Reception and Medical Center in Lake Butler, began his career with the Florida Department of Corrections in 2006. Officer Browns loss will be felt by many, his character and contributions as a correctional officer to the Florida Department of Corrections will be remembered by all who worked alongside him each day, Corrections Secretary Mark Inch said in a statement Wednesday. As of midday Wednesday, 15,170 prisoners and 2,340 corrections workers had tested positive for the virus, and 77 inmates had died. Corrections officials said Wednesday that 1,468 corrections workers who had tested positive for the virus have been cleared to return to work.