TDOC: 3 Bledsoe County inmates potentially exposed to non-state employee who has COVID-19

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BLEDSOE COUNTY, Tenn. (WKRN) — Tennessee Department of Corrections reports that three inmates at the Bledsoe County Correctional Complex may have potentially been exposed to a non-state employee who tested positive for COVID-19.

The inmates have been quarantined and have not displayed any symptoms so far. TDOC is taking extra precautions to protect inmates and staff that may have come into contact with those inmates.

Bledsoe County Correctional Complex is located an hour east of McMinnville and is nearly an hour and a half north of Chattanooga.


Most patients with COVID-19 have a mild respiratory illness including fever, cough and shortness of breath. The Tennessee Department of Health strongly encourages Tennesseans to wash your hands often with soap and water and to not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

The CDC recommends that for the next 8 weeks, organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 50 people or more throughout the United States.

High-risk individuals are defined as adults over 60 years old or people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions such as: Heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease.

The Tennessee Department of Health offers a COVID-19 Public Information Line at 877-857-2945, with information available daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time.

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