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Tuberculosis, Public Health and Jail

A new order issued Thursday in Pierce County Superior Court reset the clock on a Tacoma woman's time in jail to continue testing and treatment for tuberculosis, with another review scheduled for next week.

Under the latest order, issued by Judge Philip Sorensen, the woman was ordered to "remain quarantined in detention at the Pierce County Jail ... for a period not to exceed 45 days beginning on June 15, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. through July 30, 2023 at 5:00 p.m. to undergo testing and treatment for active Tuberculosis and to continue such treatment until medical tests conclusively establish that she no longer presents a threat to public health, safety, and welfare, whereupon Respondent shall immediately be released from detention."

TPCHD's more than year-long pursuit of compliance hit a new level of urgency in April after a report from monitoring law enforcement filed with the court noted the woman was seen riding a city bus and arriving at a local casino.

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