Muscogee Co. Sheriff's Office takes steps to contain widespread flu in jail

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - According to the Muscogee County Sheriff, there have been six confirmed cases of the flu at the Muscogee County Jail.

Four of those with the virus are inmates and two of them have been released according to the Sheriff's Office. Muscogee County Sheriff Donna Tompkins says she believes they're doing a pretty good job of keeping the virus to a minimum in the jail considering they do have over 1,000 inmates.

Tompkins says there is still work to be done to see less of the virus in the near future.

"We take that thing very seriously because you certainly don't want an outbreak. We have taken the steps we came to control the spread of the virus," says Thompkins.

Sheriff Tompkins says there is a heating problem on one floor of the jail, but the part has been ordered to get the problem resolved as soon as possible. She says in the meantime, maintenance has put together small heaters in the common area.

"We've spoken with our healthcare providers and they're assuring us that we're doing everything that we should be doing to keep the flu from spreading as much as possible throughout the jail," Thompkins says.

Representatives at the Sheriff's Office say that there are medical providers at the jail to treat the virus for those inmates affected.

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