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COVID-19 claims the life of 24th state prison system employee

Michael Harper, 56, died Tuesday evening at a Tyler area hospital.
Michael Harper, 56, died Tuesday evening at a Tyler area hospital.(TDCJ photo)
Published: Dec. 2, 2020 at 6:45 PM CST
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HUNTSVILLE, Texas (KWTX) - COVID-19 has claimed the life of Texas Department of Criminal Justice Maintenance Supervisor Michael Harper, 56.

Harper died Tuesday evening at a Tyler area hospital.

He was first hospitalized on Oct. 19, six days after testing positive for the virus, and on Nov. 3 was placed on a ventilator.

The 22-year TDCJ veteran was assigned to the Skyview/Hodge complex in Rusk.

“He was a committed employee who proudly served Texas and this agency,” Facilities Division Director Cody Ginsel said Wednesday.

“Michael Harper can rest easy knowing that he will always be remembered as a guiding light for all who were fortunate enough to know him.”

The virus has claimed the lives of 24 TDCJ employees.

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