BLOUNT COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The Blount County Sheriff’s Office held a press conference Friday to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic as it relates to inmates and deputies in the Blount County Correctional Facility.
According to Sheriff Mark Moon, two inmates have died due to what he called “COVID-related issues” on Aug. 18. They were ages 42 and 45 years old.
The Blount County Health Department was called to the facility on Aug. 12 and the inmate population was tested. Twenty-two inmates in total tested positive as well as two correctional officers. Those inmates who tested positive have been quarantined into the lockdown unit of the facility and are still there, according to Sheriff Moon.
Sheriff Moon said Sgt. Buddy Hutchinson is very sick in the hospital fighting the virus.
“He was my sergeant when I first started here in 2006 and he’s very special to me,” Sheriff Moon said.
Sheriff Moon ended the press conference by asking for prayers for those who are dealing with the virus.
“We do the very best we can to provide the very best care that we can for our inmates,” Moon said. “Unfortunately, this is a jail, it is not a hospital so we can only do what we can do.”
You can watch the full press conference in the video player above.