Seven JCSO staff members quarantined as a precaution

According to Jackson County Sheriff Chuck Phillips, early Sunday, March 22, 2020, James Hunter Scott, age 25 with a Stevenson address, walked into the Bridgeport Police Department and stated he had shot a man in Jasper, Tennessee. Three Jackson County deputies and one investigator responded and made the arrest in Alabama, and held Scott in the Jackson County Jail for Tennessee. He was extradited to Tennessee that evening. Upon being jailed at the Jackson County Jail, Scott stated he had been exposed to Covid-19 approximately 10 days before his arrest. Further investigation proved Scott’s statement to be valid as his acquaintance in question had tested positive and had been hospitalized for the virus.

A physician was immediately contacted, who advised the JCSO that those who came in contact with Scott should be quarantined in their homes, and if they exhibit no symptoms by this Thursday, March 26, 2020, then they are probably in the clear. So, to exercise caution, three Corrections Deputies, three Deputies and one Investigator were placed into quarantine in their homes.

As of today, Tuesday, March 24, 2020, no symptoms have been reported by these JCSO staff members, and no testing will be necessary unless they begin to show signs of infection, whereupon all of them will be tested for the virus. In addition, Scott, who has waived extradition and is now in Marion County on charges,  has not exuded any symptoms of the virus, either.

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