Officials at the Big Sandy Regional Detention Center released information Friday that confirmed that one of the inmates at the jail had tested positive for Hepatitis A. According to a news release from the jail, on Friday, May 25, one of the male inmates told nurses that he was ill and after explaining his symptoms, he was brought to the emergency room for treatment. While at the Hospital a variety of tests where ran on the man and he was treated for his symptoms. He was sent back to the jail and did not have any restrictions placed on him with regards to isolation and was placed back into the jail’s general population. Four day later on Tuesday, May 29, jail officials were notified by Paul B. Hall Infection Control that the man had tested positive for Hepatitis A. Jail administrator Pete Fitzpatrick said four inmates the man was in close contact with were transported to the Johnson Co Health Department to receive vaccinations on May 31. Fitzpatrick says the jail is working to secure enough vaccinations so that all jail employees can receive one if they choose. He also said the jail is following the medical staff’s protocol and keeping the inmate in isolation.
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