IDOC reports first COVID-related staff death

The Illinois Department of Corrections has confirmed that one of its staff members has died from COVID-19.

The staffer is the only IDOC employee to die from the virus so far, while 35 inmate deaths have been attributed to the virus.

The employee worked at the Vienna Correctional Center in Southern Illinois.

Currently, 16 IDOC inmates are hospitalized with the virus with five on ventilators. One staff member is also hospitalized.