Putnamville Correctional Facility to resume normal operations after H1N1 outbreak

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PUTNAMVILLE, Ind. (Feb. 2, 2016) – Officials at Putnamville Correctional Facility said the recent outbreak of H1N1 flu is in decline and plan to resume normal operations Tuesday.

The move means offender visitation will resume and inmates will once again be allowed to participate in job and program assignments.

Last month, several inmates and staff members became sick with the H1N1 virus, which is a strain of swine flu. At the height of the outbreak, 35 inmates were sick with flu-like symptoms that developed into pneumonia in some cases. One inmate died.

According to prison officials, one offender is in the Intensive Care Unit at Terre Haute Regional Hospital while five are in the facility’s health care unit observation area. The hospital has also offered Tamiflu to inmates and staff who tested positive for the virus.