COVID-19 claiming the lives of doctors who treat inmates

Posted at 12:20 AM, Apr 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-16 00:20:32-04

WAYNE COUNTY (WXYZ) — A beloved Michigan doctor has died after complications from the coronavirus.

Dr. Angelo Patsalis was admired by colleagues and respected throughout the medical community.

According to his obituary, he is remembered as a tireless family medicine mentor and educator. It also said he was engaged to be married and leaves behind his parents.

Patsalis put himself in harm's way when he took his skills to treat inmates behind bars at Wayne County Jails.

"He said it was difficult at times," said friend Dr. David Walsworth. "But, he says he tried to see the people within."

Patsalis and another contract physician at the jail have died from COVID-19. Action News is not identifying the other doctor at this time. The two doctors worked for a company called, WellPath.

“Our hearts are broken by the loss of these brave workers who cared so deeply for our patients. Our thoughts are with their loved ones during this time.”

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To read more about Dr. Patsalis career in medicines, click here.

To read Dr. Patsalis obit, click here.

7 Action News reached out to the Wayne County Sheriff's Office and did not immediately hear back.

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