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ICE detention officer in Arizona dies after contracting coronavirus

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PHOENIX – A federal detention officer in Arizona who contracted COVID-19 died earlier this week, a facility spokesman said.

The senior correctional officer worked at the Eloy Detention Center, a private facility run by CoreCivic that is used by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The unidentified man died Sunday and had last worked at the Pinal County facility June 7. The company said the cause was “due to potential COVID-19 related issues.

“Our hearts go out to our employee’s loved ones, and we pray for their peace and comfort,” the company said Tuesday in an emailed statement.

“We are eternally grateful for his dedication, service and selflessness.”

The officer’s name will not be released for now, spokesman Ryan Gustin said in the press release.

Arizona has had a surge in the number of coronavirus cases over the past week plus.

State health officials reported a single-day high 2,392 new cases Tuesday; that brought the documented totals to 39,097.

The previous daily mark of 1,654 was set June 12.

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