Correctional Officer Sheila Rivera died after contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak among inmates and correctional staff at the Cook County Jail at 2650 S. California Avenue in Chicago.
Officer Rivera had served with the Cook County Sheriff’s Office – Department of Corrections for seven years and had previously served with the Choctaw Nation Police Department in Mississippi. She is survived by her husband and son.
In early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country contracted COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic due to requirements of their job. Many of these first responders died as a result of COVID-19.