Detention center quarantines inmates with flu symptoms

first_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Twitter Local News Twitter Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook TAGS  center_img Ector County Jail Administrator Capt. Steve McNeill speaks about the preventive measure the sheriff’s office takes to limit the exposure to influenza during an interview in a ECSO medical exam room. Ector County Detention Center staff are working to prevent further spread of illness among inmates after influenza cases were confirmed in the facility. Ector County Detention Center Director of Nurses Lee Zarsky said that the first confirmed case of the flu occurred Jan. 4 and medical staff immediately jumped into action. She said her staff of eight has been monitoring inmates for symptoms like fever and body aches, as well as ensuring they are hydrated by distributing Gatorade. Jail Administrator Capt. Steve McNeill said as many as 10 people have had the flu and about another 20 inmates have displayed signs of an upper respiratory viral infection this week, not including officers that have fallen ill during the flu season. “The main thing that we’re doing is just minimizing their ability to move around throughout the detention center,” McNeill said. Sheriff Mike Griffis said Tuesday that four cells capable of holding up to 24 inmates each were under quarantine. McNeill said that quarantines for a particular cell are not lifted until there is no sign of fever for at least 24 hours. As of Friday, only one cell with 23 inmates remained in quarantine out of the 650 inmates in custody. McNeill said that post-fire smoke purge systems in the facility are able to prevent the transmission of airborne pathogens by removing contaminated air through exhaust fans so that people in quarantined areas are not breathing re-circulated air. “I feel like we’ve taken the appropriate measures,” McNeill said. “There are minimum jail standards set to address this issue but I feel we have met and exceeded those standards to minimize exposure within our facility.” Isolated inmates that had scheduled court dates this week also had their hearings pushed back as a preventative measure for public health. “We don’t want to put them in the courthouse among the public and county employees and expose them any more than they already are,” Griffis previously said. “The flu can be deadly to some folks.” Upon entrance to the detention center, visitors are made aware of the confirmed flu cases within the facility and young children and the elderly are advised to visit with caution. Zarsky said incoming inmates going through intake were also undergoing screening for symptoms. Griffis said hindsight is 20-20 and he would consider having flu shots given in the jail to help prevent future outbreaks and hospital visits. “From 7 p.m. Saturday until 9 a.m. Sunday morning there had been five inmates taken to the hospital due to flu-like symptoms,” he said. “A lot of times we have to call people in because we don’t have enough personnel to take them to the hospital.” McNeill showed hesitation to vaccinate inmates due to possible unknown allergies inmates could have, but encouraged staff to still get their flu shot. Health Department Director Gino Solla said that the effectiveness of the flu vaccine ranges from year to year but can offer more assurance to the recipient that they are less likely to contract the virus or will experience reduced symptoms if they do become sick. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website states that a flu vaccine is made to protect against the three or four flu viruses that research suggests will be most common. “Some years you might have a 60 percent efficacy and some years might be 30 percent,” Solla said. “Even if you were to get the shot and you’re only covered 30 percent, that’s better than zero.” He said the health department annually orders flu vaccines for about $14 per dose and charges the public $25 per dose, which includes the administration cost. Solla supported the idea of offering flu vaccines to inmates as a preventative measure. “I think a dollar spent will be $10 saved down the road, but it’s up to them to make that decision,” Solla said. Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Detention center quarantines inmates with flu symptoms Previous articleECISD, Tulane logosNext article011219_Gymnastics_01 Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

FA CUP: Huddersfield Target First Q’final in 46 Years against Manchester…

first_imgWith Manchester recent stuttering in recent times, the last being the 1-0 loss to relegation-bound Newcastle United, Huddersfield, boosted by their last two wins would be hoping to book their first FA Cup quarter final place since 1972 ahead of today’s Red Devil’s visitH uddersfield are targeting a first FA Cup quarter-final since 1972 as they look to beat Manchester United on home soil for the second time this season. The Terriers have won their last two games 4-1, including a surprise result against in-form Bournemouth.Steve Mounie is hoping to continue a run of three goals in his last four games, but manager David Wagner knows it will be difficult to repeat Huddersfield’s memorable 2-1 win over United from October.He said: “The priority since day one has been the Premier League. This doesn’t mean we don’t like to be successful in the other competitions as well. We will not worry about this situation. It is our present for our fans that we play Man Utd in the fifth round of the FA Cup at home – the oldest competition in the world.“It’s a great occasion, a great situation, a great moment even if we have some injury problems. It’s the cup so we can play this game with all the freedom we have against one of the biggest names in world football at the John Smith’s Stadium.”Huddersfield Town defender Scott Malone believes the club’s Premier League win over Manchester United earlier this season will be a confidence boost as they aim to topple Jose Mourinho’s side in Saturday’s FA Cup fifth-round match.Huddersfield pulled off a shock 2-1 league win over United at the John Smith’s Stadium in October but fell to a 2-0 defeat at Old Trafford earlier this month.“We’ve got Manchester United for the third time this season… we are all looking forward to it,” Malone told the club’s website.“They’re a good side and put you under a lot of pressure. We’ve played a deep block against them twice now, beat them at home and lost away. It’ll be interesting to see what we doSaturday as there’s no points to play for. We want a good cup run and we are going into the game to win it.”Jose Mourinho concentrated on the form of Paul Pogba in the build-up to the game, calling reports of a breakdown between himself and the France international as lies.“It’s very difficult to put me in a position where I have to criticise my players,” said Mourinho when quizzed on Pogba’s lack of form, which saw the £89m midfielder dropped when United last faced Huddersfield a fortnight ago.“It is my problem; it is the player’s problem. A big lie that our relationship is not good, a big lie that we don’t communicate, a big lie that we don’t agree with his positions and his involvement in the dynamic of the team. So, be objective and say what we all know – in the last couple of matches he didn’t play well. Period. End of story.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more