Two inmates of 31 are still recovering
by GREG KAYLOR Banner Staff Writer
Dec 13, 2013 | 805 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print

All but two of 31 Bradley County Jail inmates who were isolated from the rest of the facility’s population for flu-like symptoms have recovered.

Two remain under observation, according to Bradley County Sheriff Jim Ruth.

In all, four inmates were taken to SkyRidge Medical Center for treatment.

Ruth said most of the affected inmates began reporting flu-like symptoms Thanksgiving night.

“They were moved into a dormitory cell block where their treatment could be closely monitored by the jail’s medical staff,” Bob Gault, media relations coordinator, said just after the discovery.

“Corrections officials now report the sick inmates have been free of symptoms for the prescribed period established by the health department, and have been moved from a dormitory cell block back into the jail’s general population,” Ruth said.

The medical unit is under the supervision of QCHC, a Birmingham, Ala., company that provides medical services to a number of correctional facilities.

According to Ruth, when the inmates began to get sick, Tennessee Corrections Institute and state health department officials were notified.

QCHC began treatment.

Sheriff’s Office officials said a constant inflow of inmates being introduced to the jail daily also introduces the risk for sickness in the population, which is typically 408, including federal and state inmates.