Flu Stops Prison Visits


DEER LODGE, Mont. (AP) — Visitation at the Montana State Prison in Deer Lodge has been cancelled until further notice to avoid spreading influenza from inmates to visitors.

Department of Corrections spokeswoman Adrianne Cotton said Thursday that nine inmates have confirmed cases of the flu. She says prison staff are restricting the movements of sick inmates, practicing good sanitation and having inmates wear masks.

Influenza is spread from person to person through direct contact; contact with droplets made when people cough, sneeze or talk; or from contaminated surfaces.

Prison officials will advise the public when visitation will resume.

In late March, the prison reduced visitation from four days per week to three due to a staff shortage.

A 28-year-old inmate died on May 10 at a Missoula hospital. Cotton says they have not received an autopsy report on Odyssey Ardene.


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Jay Scott has an extensive news background. His prep school newspaper was voted #1 in the United States, and 3 years after graduation from Northwestern University, he anchored NBC Radio's "News on the Hour" from Chicago. He has won statewide news awards in Illinois, Indiana, California, and Montana, and has won more news and sports "EB" awards (first and second) from the Montana Broadcasters Association then any other broadcaster. He has been a lecturer at Journalism Schools at Northwestern University, Columbia University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Montana. Jay Scott has served as play-by-play reporter for the Capital High Bruins and Helena American Legion baseball since 2000. Some prior career highlights include radio work for the Chicago Black Hawks, White Sox, Bears and Bulls, plus Northwestern University, Indiana University, Purdue University, the University of Notre Dame, and Carroll College . He has been the TV "voice" for the University of Montana and Carroll College as well. Jay was one of the first broadcasters in the U-S to web-stream high school games, beginning with Capital High in 2004. His games get regular hits from "coast to coast to Gulf coast," and all six other continents. He is also a veteran sports official, having worked high school, college and professional baseball, softball, basketball, football and hockey. He helped write national rules for high school baseball and softball. He has umpired a Montana High School state tournament in softball, and worked numerous playoff games in football.

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