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Miami-Dade corrections officer dies of COVID-19

Miami-Dade corrections officer dies from COVID-19 at age 48
Miami-Dade corrections officer dies from COVID-19 at age 48

MIAMI-DADE COUNTY, Fla. – A man who worked at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center died Saturday from complications of COVID-19 and is believed to be the first employee of Miami-Dade’s County’s detention system lost to the virus.

Jairo Bravo, 48, worked at TGK for less than a year. Before that, he spent three years with the Florida Department of Corrections.

His family lives outside of the country and is trying to get to Miami. Funeral arrangements are forthcoming.

Detention centers have been a concern since early in the pandemic because inmates and employees remain in close quarters indoors where the virus can spread.

The Miami-Dade Corrections & Rehabilitation Department released the statement below:

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About the Author:

Alex Finnie joined the Local 10 News team in May 2018. South Florida is home! She was raised in Miami and attended the Cushman School and New World School of the Arts for high school.