Tiptonville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Correction reports that five inmates at the Northwest Correctional Complex may have potentially been exposed to a non-state employee who tested positive for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The inmates have been quarantined and have not presented with any symptoms at this time.
Steps have been taken to identify, screen and quarantine any staff who may have come into direct contact with the individual.
Tennessee Department of Health has been notified, and disinfection and safety measures are in place and ongoing.
Appropriate measures have been taken to ensure the safety, health and well-being of the inmates as well as staff.
Those measures follow TDOC guidelines as well as those provided by the Tennessee Department of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which include:
- Frequent hand-washing
- Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth
- Use social distancing
- Stay home if you are sick
- Clean and disinfect often
- Wear protective medical masks and gloves when necessary