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Ohio prisons director tests positive for COVID-19

According to ODRC, Chambers-Smith was tested on Friday, July 24 after she began not feeling well.
Credit: Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
Annette Chambers-Smith

Department of Rehabilitation and Correction Director Annette Chambers-Smith has tested positive for COVID-19.

According to ODRC, Chambers-Smith was tested on Friday, July 24 after she began not feeling well. Her positive test result was received Monday.

Contact tracing has begun for staff who has been working at the Operation Support Center (OSC) and may have come in contact with Chambers-Smith. 

ODRC says a majority of staff have been working at home since March.

Chambers-Smith has not physically been inside a prison since June 26 and has not been at the OSC since July 21.

“For months, managing COVID within Ohio’s prisons has been my single highest priority,” Chambers-Smith said.  “While I am focusing on my health and doing what is recommended – which is to monitor my symptoms and self-quarantine, I will continue to ensure DRC is taking all necessary steps and precautions to maintain the health and safety of all of our staff and incarcerated population.  Our agency continues to be in good hands, and we are working together as a team during these challenging times.”

ODRC says Chambers-Smith is currently working from home and managing her symptoms which are mild at this time.