Master Detention Deputy Lynn Jones died after contracting COVID-19 in a presumed exposure during an outbreak at the Lake County Jail at 441 W Main Street in Tavares. At the time of Deputy Jones’ exposure, 18 staff members and over 100 inmates had tested positive.
Deputy Jones had served with the Lake County Sheriff’s Office for 13 years. He is survived by his wife and three daughters.
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.