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Denial of Officer's COVID Claim Shows Need for Presumption, Advocates Say

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 | 922 | 0 | 107 min read

The death of a Texas prison guard from COVID-19 and the denial of her workers' compensation claim highlights the need for a virus presumption law, the woman's family said. In local news reports, the family of 58-year-old Elizabeth Ann Jones of Texas City said the state has denied their claim that the disease was work-related. Jones was a correctional officer at the Carole Young Medical Facility in Dickinson and was watching over a COVID-sickened inmate when she fell ill in July. She died within two weeks, her sister, Sandra Hightower, said. State risk management officials, however, ...

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