The Bradley County Jail has reported 31 inmates have “complained of flu-like symptoms” since last week, and that they were moved into a cell block where they could be more closely monitored.
According to Bob Gault, media relations coordinator for the Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, “many have returned to the jail’s general population after responding well to treatment by the Jail Medical staff.
“They were moved into a dormitory cell block where their treatment could be closely monitored by the jail’s medical staff,” Gault said.
“It’s a constant flow of inmates coming into the jail and bonding out,” Chief Deputy Wayne Bird pointed out. He said the average number of inmates coming in and going out of the jail each week is about 115.
Bird also said a number of corrections officers have also reportedly had the flu.
The medical unit is under the supervision of QCHC, a Birmingham, Ala., company that provides medical services to a number of correctional facilities.
Over the weekend four inmates were moved to SkyRidge Medical Center and admitted, Gault reported.
They have since been returned to the jail.
“The jail’s staff takes a proactive approach to stopping the spread of germs with cleansing agents to reduce illness among the jail’s inmate population and correction deputies,” Gault noted.
In 2010, the jail went under an extensive cleaning effort after black mold was reported.
Air-handling systems were cleaned and reworked for better air-exchange, Bird said.
The Bradley County Jail was occupied in 2004 and was designed to house 408 state and federal inmates.