A woman with tuberculosis was arrested in Maysville on Wednesday and is in the Oconee County jail awaiting a hearing next week.
After receiving a tip of her whereabouts, Reba Rene Hicks, 53, was apprehended by Oconee County sheriff’s deputies after she was found hiding in a wooded area off Edwin Reynolds Road. She is being held on a charge of reckless conduct due to her intentionally avoiding treatment for the tuberculosis, which is highly contageous. Oconee County Superior Court Judge Lawton Stephens issued an order for her arrest on Tuesday.
Hicks was in Maysville because she has family there, Oconee County Sheriff Scott Berry said. Berry said he and the other deputies wore masks during the incident. They put a mask on Hicks as soon as they apprehended her, said Berry. A Jackson County deputy was also involved in the search.
The Oconee County Sheriff’s Office Facebook has further information on the case. It states that the nearest unit for Hicks to be medically housed in is in South Carolina as Georgia does not current have any bed space for her.
Until then, Hicks has a court hearing coming up next week at the jail. She is in medical isolation at the jail and is not subject to exposing any other inmate.
As for an incident involving tuberculosis, Berry said it was the first of its kind that he had encountered.
He said the sheriff’s office has an annual TB screening coming up in a week or so.