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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Bullitt County Detention Center was placed on lockdown Tuesday morning after several of the inmates became ill. By Tuesday afternoon, the lockdown had been lifted.

According to Bullitt County Detention Center Chief Deputy Carl Reesor, the lockdown took effect just before 8:30 a.m. Six inmates had a high fever, and 34 others were exhibiting flu-like symptoms. 

Reesor said the six with fevers were all tested for the flu, and at least one was positive. All six are in single-unit cells being monitored by medical staff, the jail said.

According to Reesor, there may be as many as 40 sick inmates, with the illness spreading to four cells housing 10 inmates each.

Jail staff called the lockdown a "precautionary measure" due to COVID-19 cases in the area.

No one was allowed in or out of the facility during the lockdown.

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