COVID-19 BREAKING NEWS: 3rd Death At Cook County Jail

A third Cook County Jail detainee who tested positive for COVID-19 has died, officials announced Sunday.

The Cook County Sheriff’s Office reported that 42-year-old Nicholas Lee died Sunday at Stroger Hospital. The cause of death is pending an autopsy, but the sheriff’s office said preliminary reports suggest he died of cardiac arrest.

As of Sunday, 306 Cook County Jail detainees have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, along with 218 members of the sheriff’s office staff. More than 180 of those are correctional officers, according to the county sheriff.

The announcement comes days after the death of 51-year-old detainee Leslie Pieroni.

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