PEORIA COUNTY, Ill. (WMBD) — Over the weekend, Peoria County Sheriff Brian Asbell announced one employee passed away after the jail was placed on outbreak status for COVID-19.

Corrections Officer Camron “Cam” Passie, 25, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 5 due to complications related to COVID-19. Passie had served with the department since Dec. 31, 2018.

Passie last worked on Thursday, Dec. 2, but he was sent home after testing positive for the virus. Several inmates and staff members also tested positive for the virus, resulting in the jail being placed on outbreak alert last week, Asbell confirmed.

“I am deeply saddened for Cam’s family, friends and anyone who had the opportunity to meet him. I have personally known Camron since he was a young teenager, as he grew up in Brimfield and showed interest in law enforcement.”

Brian Asbell, Peoria County Sheriff

Asbell also said he mentored Passie during his time with the Sheriff’s Office. He asked the community to keep his family in everyone’s prayers.