Following 14 days of quarantine, all inmates in the Bradley County Jail who contracted COVID-19 have fully recovered, according to a press release from the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office.
On June 23, the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office confirmed 40 cases within the jail, including 32 inmates, seven correctional officers and one contracted employee of the jail. A total of 33 inmates eventually tested positive, according to Sheriff Steve Lawson.
Lawson said all inmates were asymptomatic and moved to a quarantine zone within the jail. During the quarantine period, the jail also began distributing masks to inmates after residents with loved ones inside the jail complained about the lack of personal protective equipment for inmates.
During a Bradley County Commission Finance Committee meeting, Lawson told the committee and commissioners that he was awaiting a letter of clearance from the Tennessee Department of Health granting him permission to end the quarantine and return jail operations to normal.
As of Tuesday afternoon, Lawson had received that letter, and inmates have returned “to their traditional pods to continue serving time,” according to the announcement.
“Because we took early action to implement thorough COVID procedures in our jail at the beginning of this pandemic, we were prepared for our first outbreak,” Lawson said. “Had we not prepared for this as early as we did, I believe this outbreak would have looked much different."
Lawson added, "I am very thankful to report that all 33 of our COVID-positive inmates have fully recovered and can return to the general populace of our jail. I am also very appreciative of the Tennessee and Bradley County health departments for working closely with us through this and to the medical staff in our jail for staying on top of it as well as they have.”
Outside of the jail, a number of other clusters
of COVID-19 have appeared in Bradley County, including at the Church of God International Headquarters, Westmore Church of God and Covenant Baptist Church.
Cleveland Mayor Kevin Brooks was admitted to the ICU at Tennova-Cleveland on Tuesday for double pneumonia and COVID-19. The mayor was confirmed to have the virus on Tuesday in a third test at the hospital. First Lady Kim Brooks provided a short update on Tuesday, saying the mayor was “feeling better.”
Cleveland Mayor Emeritus Tom Rowland and wife, Sandra, announced Saturday that they had also tested positive for COVID-19, but were asymptomatic and resting at home.
Tennessee reported another 1,359 cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday, bringing the total since March to 53,514. Statewide hospitalizations saw a spike Tuesday with 53 new hospitalizations related to COVID-19 reported.
Bradley County added 49 new cases of COVID-19 and one new death Tuesday, bringing the case total to 773 and death toll to four.
Bradley County has been pointed out by the governor
as a hotspot for new cases as he signed Executive Order 54, allowing county governors to create mask mandates.
Confirmed case totals for Bradley County neighbors include:
• Grundy: 63 cases, 50 recoveries and 1 death;
• Hamilton: 2,867 cases, 1,896 recoveries and 36 deaths;
• Marion: 79 cases, 49 recoveries and 4 deaths;
• McMinn: 243 cases, 170 recoveries and 18 deaths;
• Meigs: 32 cases, 27 recoveries and 0 deaths;
• Monroe: 140 cases, 104 recoveries and 6 deaths;
• Polk: 46 cases, 32 recoveries and 0 deaths;
• Rhea: 289 cases, 246 recoveries and 0 deaths; and
• Sequatchie: 42 cases, 27 recoveries and 0 deaths.
Counties with Tennessee's highest numbers of cases include:
• Bedford: 584 cases, 429 recoveries and 7 deaths;
• Bledsoe: 623 cases, 613 recoveries and 1 death;
• Davidson: 11,599 cases, 6,964 recoveries and 127 deaths;
• Knox: 1,309 cases, 661 recoveries and 8 deaths;
• Lake: 694 cases, 689 recoveries and 0 deaths;
• Montgomery: 587 cases, 216 recoveries and 7 deaths;
• Putnam: 919 cases, 649 recoveries and 7 deaths;
• Robertson: 855 cases, 521 recoveries and 11 deaths;
• Rutherford: 3,111 cases, 1,381 recoveries and 36 deaths;
• Shelby: 12,176 cases, 7,731 recoveries and 202 deaths;
• Sumner: 1,670 cases, 670 recoveries and 53 deaths;
• Trousdale: 1,503 cases, 1,427 recoveries and 5 deaths;
• Williamson: 1,420 cases, 592 recoveries and 15 deaths; and
• Wilson: 999 cases, 461 recoveries and 17 deaths.
According to Johns Hopkins University, as of Tuesday morning, more than 2.9 million individuals in the United States have tested positive for COVID-19, with 130,306 deaths and 924,148 recoveries.
Globally, 11.6 million individuals have tested positive, resulting in 538,788 deaths and more than 6.3 million recoveries, according to Johns Hopkins.