LAKE COUNTY, Tenn. (KFVS) - The Tennessee Health Department is reporting 401 cases of COVID-19 in Lake County, including 53 recoveries. 394 of those cases are linked to the Northwest Correctional Complex. with 13 staff members of the complex with the disease.
381 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 and 13 staff members of the complex with the disease.
Officials in Lake County stated in a Facebook post that the inmates are asymptomatic and are isolated from the rest of the prison population.
After 14 days, if they continue to be asymptomatic, they will be released into the general population.
1,168 people in the county have been tested for COVID-19.
Tennessee recently launched an effort to test all prison inmates and staff.
Masks are being distributed to all staff and inmates.
On May 13, the Department of corrections posted a video on Facebook outlining the Department’s COVID-19 management.
The state has also set up a FAQ page for the families of those who are incarcerated in Tennessee prisons during the COVID-19 pandemic.