BCCX positive inmate cases rise to 586

UPDATE: A total of 586 inmates at Bledsoe County Correctional Complex (BCCX) have received positive test results for coronavirus as of Tuesday, May 5, according to the Tennessee Department of Correction. The agency reports 3 test results are pending, while 1,730 tests have come back negative.  The agency has not provided data on the number of positive employees at BCCX.

The Tennessee Department of Health (TDH) confirmed these numbers are included in Bledsoe County’s total case count.

The Tennessee Department of Correction launched a 24-hour COVID-19 Information Line for family members of incarcerated individuals earlier this week. The TDOC COVID-19 Information Line can be reached at 1-866-858-0380.

For more, see thebledsonian-banner.com and this week’s issue of The Bledsonian-Banner.

5 Comments

  1. Nellie Sharp on April 23, 2020 at 6:21 am

    HOW CAN WE FIND OUT IF OUR FAMILY MEMBERS ARE POSITIVE OR NOT? THE MEDICAL TEAM THERE DO NOT ANSWER THE PHONE MESSAGES

    • Editor on April 23, 2020 at 4:08 pm

      The Tennessee Department of Correction launched a 24-hour COVID-19 Information Line for family members of incarcerated individuals earlier this week. The TDOC COVID-19 Information Line can be reached at 1-866-858-0380. The story has been updated to reflect this information.

  2. Doris McNear on April 23, 2020 at 10:37 pm

    What are the possibilities of a prison inmate being released because of this…the non- violent inmates should be at least considered.

  3. Rachel Stovall on April 23, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    The hot line will not give info on specific inmate. Just a bunch of rambling on about testing as a whole. I personally called Bledsoe prison to check on my loved one since they haven’t been allowed to use the phone for many days now. When I asked if he had tested positive or how do I find out if he’s ok I was told “their is a series of information collected from each inmate at the time of arrival at bledsoe and one of those pieces of information is a contact name and number to be contacted in the event of a death of that inmate.” Now, you tell me. What kind of cold hearted response was that? I personally believe the officers and warden should all have to stay their with the inmates on lockdown as well. Just because they get their temps checked when they arrive at work doesn’t mean they aren’t carriers. Besides, maybe they would learn what compassion for the human race is when they aren’t allowed to have contact with their family’s. Just a though!

  4. Chris on April 26, 2020 at 12:13 am

    I have a family member in there who is an older man who has not contracted covid 19 yet with positive cases on both sides of his cell and they won’t release him. He is in there for marijuana possession. And his wife is dying of cancer and has begged the parole board to please release him. They have not….

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