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Nurse at Marion County Jail dies from COVID-19

Charles "Dan" Manrique died Saturday at age 71.  Photo: Heart of Florida
Charles "Dan" Manrique died Saturday at age 71. Photo: Heart of Florida

A nurse who worked for more than 12 years at the Marion County Jail has died from COVID-19.

Charles "Dan" Manrique, 71, died on Saturday.

He was the night charge nurse at the jail.

Health care administrator Maria Torres said Manrique was experienced, dedicated and dependable.

He had worked there since 2007 and joined Heart of Florida Health Care in April when the nonprofit took over medical services.

Torres said his co-workers are grieving now and trying to compartmentalize their grief.

"It’s trying to tough it up right now," she said. "I think it’s an attribute to any health care worker right now working at the front line.

Torres said Manrique's family wants him to be remembered for more than COVID-19.

"Yeah, it was a tragic event due to COVID. But they want him to be remembered as the nurse that, even despite COVID, kept on providing services to the inmate population," she said.

In a news release, Heart of Florida CEO Jamie Ulmer said: “Dan will be remembered as a HFHC HERO. He paid the ultimate sacrifice of taking care of others above all else."

Torres said the jail had an outbreak and, at one point, had 237 positive tests, but with the precautions they have taken, that's down to 22 active cases.

Joe Byrnes came to WMFE/WMFV from the Ocala Star-Banner and The Gainesville Sun, where he worked as a reporter and editor for several years. Joe graduated from Loyola University in New Orleans and turned to journalism after teaching. He enjoys freshwater fishing and family gatherings.