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QUEENS — The President of COBA—the Correction Officers Benevolent Association—announced Monday an eighth correction officer has died from COVID-19.

Officer Maurice Lacey, Jr. was just 35 years old.

He worked in the Queens courthouse and its adjacent jail.

“Correction Officer Maurice Lacey served our Department with dignity and honor for fourteen years,” said COBA President Elias Husamudeen. “He embodied the very best qualities of New York City’s Boldest and he was extremely well-liked by his fellow officers at the Queens House of Detention. His tragic death from this invisible disease has left our hearts broken.”

The Department of Correction has been hard hit by the new strain of coronavirus.

A captain and now seven officers have died.

At least one other officer was fighting for her life on a ventilator.