Greenville, SC Asks Jail: How Many MRSA Cases Do We Have?

MRSA-Greenville-County-JailCouncilman Tony Trout has a most eye opening post on his blog about MRSA in their local jail. The council asked the Greenville County Jail, “How many MRSA cases do we have?” and in response received a Power Point presentation about MRSA, and a whole lotta hooey. The response?

County Administrator Joe Kernell stated “This is privileged information.”

Check out Tony Trout’s whole article – I think it will open your eyes too. I know these are prisoners we are talking about, but they are in prison as punishment for a crime, not to be part of a breeding bacteria bed. Get it together jails, and cities, MAKE the jails get it together – this is just. not. right. – and not only is it not right, it is dangerous to your law abiding citizens as well.

Tony Trout’s closing comments:

The real question is…When is this disease going to make the jump to the Greenville County Citizens? The answer is “sooner than it should” as long as “Typhoid Joe Kernell” keeps sweeping this problem under the carpet. Right now Kernell is presiding over a MRSA incubator — and he seems content to keep things that way. Will Greenville wait until MRSA leaps into the general population before demanding action?

Good questions, eh? I hope he continues to probe until finds the answers and the accompanying solutions. Here is a link to a blurb about Staph in this particular jail from the past, and here is the link to the Greenville County website. Maybe you can ask some questions of your own.

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25 Responses to Greenville, SC Asks Jail: How Many MRSA Cases Do We Have?

  1. not available says:

    My nephew just got out of jail in May 2007. He was in the Greenville detention center. He was diagnosed with MRSA while in there and I do believe it was in Feb when he was diagnosed.

  2. anon says:

    My husband is currently in Greenville county detention center, and has been refused doctors care, and he told me there are several cases of MRSA around there now, and also a couple of Brown Recluse spider bites.

  3. Wendy Bremer says:

    I know 2 boys who were at the Greenville County Detention Center who had severe spider bites – nothing was done.
    I also know a lady whose son is at the Greenville County Detention Center and he continues to be denied doctor services. His mother spoke at a Public Safety Meeting back in August 2007.
    I know of one man who was at the Greenville County Detention Center a while back and when he was given his pillow/blanket/etc. all rolled up – when he unrolled it – there was a note put in there stating that MRSA – Staff Infections are at the Greenville County Detention Center.
    I know of many other cases as well. I know that as many people as I have talked to and what I have heard from Tony Trout – there is a serious problem at the jail! Noone is being held accountable….specifically – JIM DORRIETY!
    I hope Tony Trout continues to investigate the jail. I hope he and others continue to investigate the jail and I hope that in the end someone is held accountable – JIM DORRIETY, along with the County Administrator – JOE KERNELL, and last but not least – County Councilman – BUTCH KIRVEN!
    Justice will then be served here in Greenville County!

  4. Tammi Vinson says:

    I was in jail for 21 days back in December 2007. While there I noticed a sore right above my top lip, that night at meds call I asked the nurse about it, she just told me to keep an eye on it. I figured that maybe it was just a cold sore.. I was released a few days later but the sore had grown and eventually left a scar. Since then I have constantly battled sores, some of which required medical intervention. In those cases, I was diagnosed with MRSA and sent home with one or more scpripts for antibiotics and once given IV antibiotics for four hours. I have facial scars and deep tissue scars on my arms. Is there not any kind of lawsuit, considering that once you have it the first time it will reoccur?

  5. Wendy Bremer says:

    You will need documentation from these doctors, etc. You will also need to find an attorney who will “sue” the County of Greenville. Not all attorneys will sue the County. Feel free to contact me at wlbremer@gmail.com and I will give you a name and tell you more.

  6. mikeeshia towns says:

    At my school,Dooly County High School, my teacher Mrs.Hayslip has talked to us about MRSA. We have looked at this disease as being something that nobody doesn’t want to treat. When I say that, I mean that the people around here act like they don’t care about it. There are so many cases in Georgia. I hope I dont catch it. Now I’m douing a research on it. I’ve learned a lot just by watching what goes onthese days and looking it up on the Internet. I want to advise everyone that is pregnant,newborns, drug users,and diabetics to please watch out because ya’ll are the ones that can become infected the fastest. PLEASE…PLEASE…PLEASE wash your hands evey chance you can get because this disease is spreading faster that AIDS, HIV, and STD’s.

    Mikeeshia Towns
    9th
    DCHS

  7. Jackie Williams says:

    I have a friend who got very very sick from MSRSA in Greenville County jail. He was not treated aggressively. The jail was not cleaned properly. The jail does not practice good housekeeping measures. He is looking for an attorney to represent him.

  8. Wendy Bremer says:

    Suit over drug-resistant infection in jail settled
    Inmates claim county provided inadequate medical care in an attempt to save money

    Published: Thursday, March 6, 2008 – 2:00 am

    By Eric Connor
    STAFF WRITER
    econnor@greenvillenews.com

    A civil rights lawsuit alleging the Greenville County jail failed to adequately treat and prevent a disfiguring and difficult-to-treat staph infection among inmates and detention officers has been settled after a year and a half of legal wrangling.

    U.S. Magistrate William Catoe ruled the financial settlement between 25 inmates and the county was “fair, adequate, and reasonable and is not illegal, a product of collusion, or against the public interest,” federal court records show.

    The attorney for the prisoners and officers, Chip Howard, and the attorney for the county, Russell Harter, declined Wednesday to disclose settlement terms.

    The 25 plaintiffs filed suit against the county in August 2006 alleging that their rights had been violated after they contracted a drug-resistant infection called methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA. In at least one case, the infection inflicted enough skin damage to require reconstructive surgery, according to court records.
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    The infection can spread through close skin-to-skin contact, openings in the skin such as cuts or abrasions, contaminated items and surfaces, crowded living conditions and poor hygiene, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

    The inmates alleged jail officials “maintained an official but unwritten policy” that provided no medical isolation facilities for inmates and inadequate screening before the inmates were housed in cell. The jail provided “as little as possible in the way of necessary medical care” and failed to provide basic sanitation for inmates.

    The plaintiffs, according to the complaint, accused the jail of “being deliberately indifferent to, or covering up the outbreak of an infectious disease at the facility, namely MRSA infection,” in part because of cost-saving measures instituted at the jail.

    The county and the jail denied the allegations in an October 2006 answer to the complaint.

    Howard told The News on Wednesday that in addition to a financial settlement, the jail had changed its policies.

    Harter declined Wednesday to comment on the allegations but told The News the settlement didn’t include any provisions for jail policy changes.

    Jim Dorriety, assistant county administrator for public safety, couldn’t be reached Wednesday.

  9. a look from inside says:

    James Dorriety hides a lot more then MRSA within his jail. His reach goes much further then just the jail. Your criminal records can just disappear if you know the right person. Domestic violence detainees are released without any jail time or bond if related James Dorriety and or his special friends. All the facts are there if you know where to look or who to investigate. MRSA is the least of Greenville’s problems inside the Jail.

  10. Wendy Bremer says:

    I would really like to know more from “a look from inside”
    See my website on MySpace about the arson that happened at MY home on Monday, October 22, 2007! Read this and then you will know WHY I need to know more.
    My email address is wlbremer@gmail.com or send me a message on MySpace or send me an email and I will give you my cell phone number. Criminal records – are you talking about someone in his family like his step-son? his daughter-in-law? and others?
    Does Jim Dorriety have “connections” with the Sheriff’s Office too? Like arson investigators or their boss? This is very serious! I need to know!
    Can you tell me WHERE to look and WHO to investigate?

  11. a look from inside says:

    Hello Wendy Bremer,

    I can not get to your my space account from work but I will look later. I can tell you that Mr. Dorrietys son was arrested for Criminal Domestic Violence 1st and he was recoged without any bond paid and without entering the jail area. It was a big hush hush at the jail. I do know there may not even a photo because he was rushing the recog person and mistakes were made only due to the stress he as causing at the time. The recog person was not involved in the issues they were only taking orders.

    I also know that the medical records supervisors son was arrested on drug charges and possible Criminal Domestic Violence and soon after he was arrested the information in the AS400 disappeared. I unfortunately do not have any paperwork any more to be able to back up what I am telling you. I held on to it for 2 years and thought it was just a waist of my time and space.

    I believe the years were 2004 2005 before May of 2005. I am sorry I can not help any more then this with the dates. If for some chance I do find the dates anywhere I will give you the information.

    I do know there are allot of people Mr. Dorriety has stepped on ie. past employees that I am sure have allot of information on all kinds of things. You might want to see if you can locate any one who worked at the jail and knows more then I do.

    Good luck!

  12. Wendy Bremer says:

    Hello a look from inside,

    Thank you for this information. The criminal domestic violence charge you are referring to has to do with me. This case was supposed to go in front of a jury trial. I was promised back on December 12, 2006. Then, in May 2007, the record was dropped from the computer. I was NEVER contacted!

    This same day, my daughter’s German shepherd was stollen off my property. She is 100 pounds and will not open the fence (by herself) and go with a stranger. She was kept on JIM DORRIETY’s property from that Tuesday until that Saturday when I could prove she was there and I called 911. Two police officers showed up and I showed them the court order showing that a Family Court Judge had ordered that she is my daughter’s dog! My daughter was escorted onto JIM DORRIETY’s property to retrieve HER dog!

    Then, in September 2007, Tony Dorriety (my soon to be ex) moved into his new home in Anderson, SC. He is a building inspector for Anderson County and has been since January 2006. On October 22, 2007, someone set my house on fire with my 13-year old inside asleep. I was at work and my daughter was at home because there was no school that day. You can read more about this on my MySpace. I did have it set to private (my friend’s only) but I have made it public again for a while, so PLEASE check it out.

    I finally called the arson investigator (CHARLES GONZALEZ) yesterday because I haven’t heard from him in 3-months! Nothing! He told me that my case was “administratively closed.” I feel like someone has put a knife through my back. He agrees that whomever set the fire at my house is “not” a complete stranger. I know who set this fire and so do MANY other people but proving it will be difficult. Our German shepherd and our cat were the only witnesses and unfortunately – they don’t talk. Oh but if they could – I know who they would say set the fire at my house.

    Jim Dorriety and his wife Ann Dorriety live 1.5 miles from me. Ann Dorriety doesn’t work. She never has because she has mental problems – this is what she told me when I first met her in May 1998!

    Tony Dorriety lived with his parents after he was arrested for CDV through 2006, he then moved to Anderson.

    PLEASE if you know anyone who would talk to me by email, my cell phone, in person, let me know. I need someone who either works at the Greenville County Detention Center or used to work at the Greenville County Detention Center to help me. If they want to remain anonymous, just have them call my cell from a blocked number.

    THANK YOU!

  13. Marcia Young says:

    I need to find an attorney who can help me with a lawsuit against Greenville County Detention Center. I have been unsuccessful in my search to find one who will take it even though I have an undisputable and proveable case. Can someone give me some names please?

  14. Marcia Young says:

    wendy bremer, hi i had tried to email you but for some reason was unable too. I need an attorney for my husband on a case of gross medical negligence and have been unsuccessful in Greenville county. I am now looking in other counties but still have not had much luck. Can you help me? I have spoken with Jim Dorrity as well as joe cornell and have even requested internal investigations, but i need an attorney to protect my husbands rights. If you could email me back I would greatly appreciate any info you can give me.

  15. Wendy Bremer says:

    Hi Marcia,

    I sent you an email. I would also check out http://www.tonytrout.com
    Good luck and please keep in touch with me.
    I am doing some research on “other” attorneys out of Greenville County and out of the state who can practice law in SC. When I get some names, I will send them to you.
    Without accountability, our local government can do or not do whatever they want!

  16. Tina says:

    MY OL’MAN IS IN THE FERERAL PRISON IN NC..HE WAS TRANSFER FROM ESTILL SC…HE HAD CAUGHT MRSA IN SC..IT STARTED IN HIS NOSE THEY DID NOT TREAT HIM FOR IT..IT SPREAD TO HIS LUNGS..HE WAS IN A COMA FOR 41 DAYS..HE HAD A BLLOD CLOT FROM IT ON ONE LUNG…COULD SOMEONE TELL IF THEIR IS A ATTORNEY THAT WILL TAKE THIS CASE..YOU CAN CONTACT ME AT MY EMAIL ADDRESS: durham.tina@yahoo.com

  17. L. S. says:

    I was charged for arson in 2006 by Charles Gonzales And he said me husband told him I did it,but found out that he had lied to me, and charged my husband to but with lesser. My husbands bond was 800.00 mine was 20,000 . So tell me something is not right in the laws in South Carolina. The fire department said it was the hot water heater shorted out but he didnt care he said he would make sure i get 35 years . I spent 80 days in the jail and caught MRSA and know got to have major plastic surgery done.Well got ten years probation and 3500 dallors to pay to home owner. If a 1″inche x 2″inches is worth that much lets see how he can deal with whats next . He even knocked a tooth out and wrote the confishin and made me sign it,or he would charge me with assuating him. I couldnt have done anything cause i had chaines every where .He even talked to me by him self when that happened.They all are trying to hide these people because of who they are. I wasnt even from there.We had been there a month when the owners son-in-law came over and asked me and my husband if we would do them a favor and burn the home down and we said no, and they got po at us and said they would take care of it them self.We told them and they said we lied.what can we do about things that happen that way,not a thing we are always the liers, and the police dont lie,they always tell the truth.they will pay and god will see to it.

  18. LISA S. says:

    Ihave mrsa so bad that I dont like going around people im scared they would get it, and I couldnt live knowing I gave it to someone else.I dont think it is safe for me to really do anything but stay home when im start breaking out.Im still taking meds everyday and it sometimes dont work. I have gone in the hospital to just get meds in to IVS. I dont thank no one should have to go through this when they didnt ask for it. It could have been put under control but everyone that had it was put in public with it so it even got worse for everyone in the Greenville County Jail. When I was told by the nurse what i had she started meds two weeks latter.They could have treated me AND alot of others sooner then they did.What makes things bad I keep telling them that I got bite by a spider they said it would be ok.Today that same area will turn red and swell ip to the size of a quarter or bigger, it stays a few days and then returns, just like the MRSA it comes and goes.Sometimes it comes and goes when Im not looking for it. I just that they get these LAW SUITS settled so people can go on trying to live there life the best way they can with this mess.I will always be fighting this so I can at least see my grandkids one day.I have alot that im scared to go around cause they may get it.PLEASE SOMEONE GET SOMETHING MOVING FOR ALL THAT IS SUFFERING LIKE ME,WE NEED THIS REALLY LOOKED INTO FAST. I DONT WANT TO SEE THIS GOING ON IN 20 YEARS IF IM STILL AROUND. THE MATES IN THE JAIL WAS ONLY CLEANED WITH DAMP COTHES NO LYSOLE OR BLEACHWAS NOT EVEN USED.

  19. cindy a says:

    can someone please tell me who is currently the head person at greenville county jail? My niece is in there and her husband has been in a horrible car accident. thank you

  20. LISA S. says:

    Contack Fletcher Smith Jr, he can tell you every thing you need to know

  21. LISA RENEE SIMPSON says:

    I HAVE BEEN FIGHTING MRSA FOR ALMOS 5 YEAR.ERYTHING I DO DON’T WORK FOR ME.GREENVILLE COUNTY NEEDSTO GET ALL THESE LARGE SEATTLEMENTS DONE AND FAST.I THANK THEY HAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO GO OVER PAPER WORK,AND DOCTORS REPORTS.IFTE CANT FIND ANYTHING THAT I HA THIS BEFOR IWENT IN TO THERE SYSTEM SETTLE SO I CAN TRY TO LIVE A NORMAL LIFE,BUT FOR ME THAT ISHARD,CUSE WHEN I BREAK OUT I CAN LEAVE MY HOME,AND THAT IS MAINLY 2 WEEKKS A MONTH IF NOT MRE.PLEAE GET TIS DONE.KOW MY HUSBAND HAS IT,HE DIDNT GET IT FROM ME,HE CAUGHT HIS WHEN HE WAS IN JAIL BUT HIS AINT AS BAD AS MINE.MINE WILL LEAVE THEM SHOW BACK UP FOR NO REASON.PLEASE GET THIS DONE LIKE ASAP.

  22. I HAVE BEEN FIGHTING MRSA FOR ALMOS 5 YEAR.ERYTHING I DO DON’T WORK FOR ME.THEY NEED TO GET ALL THESE LARGE SEATTLEMENTS DONE AND FAST.I THANK THEY HAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO GO OVER PAPER WORK,AND DOCTORS REPORTS.IFTE CANT FIND ANYTHING THAT I HA THIS BEFOR IWENT IN TO THERE SYSTEM SETTLE SO I CAN TRY TO LIVE A NORMAL LIFE,BUT FOR ME THAT ISHARD,CUSE WHEN I BREAK OUT I CAN LEAVE MY HOME,AND THAT IS MAINLY 2 WEEKKS A MONTH IF NOT MRE.PLEAE GET TIS DONE.KOW MY HUSBAND HAS IT,HE DIDNT GET IT FROM ME,HE CAUGHT HIS WHEN HE WAS IN JAIL BUT HIS AINT AS BAD AS MINE.MINE WILL LEAVE THEM SHOW BACK UP FOR NO REASON.PLEASE GET THIS DONE LIKE ASAP.

  23. L.R.S says:

    I HAVE BEEN FIGHTING MRSA FOR ALMOST 5 YEAR.ERYTHING I DO DON’T WORK FOR ME.THEY NEED TO GET ALL THESE LARGE SEATTLEMENTS DONE AND FAST.I THANK THEY HAVE PLENTY OF TIME TO GO OVER PAPER WORK,AND DOCTORS REPORTS.IFTE CANT FIND ANYTHING THAT I HAD THIS BEFOR IWENT IN TO THERE SYSTEM , SO I CAN TRY TO LIVE A NORMAL LIFE,BUT FOR ME THAT IS HARD,CAUSE WHEN I BREAK OUT I CAN LEAVE MY HOME,AND THAT IS MAINLY 2 WEEKKS A MONTH IF NOT MORE.PLEASE GET TIS DONE.NOW MY HUSBAND HAS IT,HE DIDNT GET IT FROM ME,HE CAUGHT HIS WHEN HE WAS IN JAIL BUT HIS AINT AS BAD AS MINE.MINE WILL LEAVE THEM SHOW BACK UP FOR NO REASON.PLEASE GET THIS DONE LIKE ASAP.

  24. LISA says:

    I have been fighting MRSA now for five years and know im in the hopital still fighting it.Had surgery on 06/28/11 cause the MRSA got worse and had to have them draind.What more can I do ,I have to holes in my stomach.Well I don’t know what these peoples problem is I want to get this done before something happens to me.I pray that i can get a settlement done ‘and die with my family happy. Im tired of Greenville ,SC,THINK THEY CAN GET AWAY WITH MURDER,AND DAMAGE TO PEOPLE’S LIFE.PLEASE HELP WITH GETTING THIS DONE,AND OVER

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