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ADOC PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: COVID-19

COVID-19 Response

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) is saddened to announce the death of an employee at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women (Tutwiler) in Wetumpka, Alabama. This staff member recently tested positive for COVID-19. The ADOC extends its heartfelt condolences to the employee’s family and loved ones during this difficult time and is grateful for the employee’s service to the Department. This is the Department’s second COVID-19-related staff or contracted staff death.

ADOC STAFF

The ADOC was informed via self-reporting that:

  • one (1) staff member at Bullock Correctional Facility in Union Springs, Alabama;
  • one (1) staff member at Limestone Correctional Facility in Harvest, Alabama; and
  • one (1) staff member at Tutwiler have tested positive for COVID-19.

These three (3) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) has initiated investigations to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate due diligence, OHS will advise any staff with direct exposure to contact their healthcare provider and self-quarantine as advised.

Eighty-four (84) COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Eighty-seven (87) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.

INMATE POPULATION

The ADOC has confirmed that five (5) inmates have tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Staton Correctional Facility (Elmore, Alabama) – one (1) inmate
  • Clair Correctional Facility (Springville, Alabama) – two (2) inmates
  • Easterling Correctional Facility (Clio, Alabama) – two (2) inmates

Staton Correctional Facility (Staton): The inmate in question was tested and returned a negative result for COVID-19 on June 11 following direct exposure while in Staton’s infirmary. He remained under quarantine until his transfer to a local hospital on June 26 for a scheduled procedure. While asymptomatic, he was retested for COVID-19 at the hospital on June 29 and subsequently returned a positive test result. He remains under the care of the hospital. The infirmary at Staton remains on level-three quarantine.

St. Clair Correctional Facility (St. Clair): After the two inmates in question began exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19, both were taken to a local hospital, tested, and returned a positive result. These two inmates remain under the care of the hospital. The dormitory in which these inmates were housed has been placed on level-two quarantine.

Easterling Correctional Facility (Easterling): One of the inmates in question tested positive for COVID-19 at a local hospital while under their care for unrelated health conditions. Upon transfer back to Easterling, he was placed in medical isolation. The second inmate in question tested positive for COVID-19 at the facility after exhibiting symptoms of the disease. He also has been placed in medical isolation. The dormitories in which these inmates were housed remain on level-one quarantine.

All existing quarantine protocols held in-place or newly implemented as recommended by the ADOC’s contracted State Medical Director are being maintained at each facility where the newly identified positive inmates are currently housed.

Seventy-five (75) total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among our inmate population, forty-three (43) of which remain active.

In honor of Independence Day, the ADOC will be closed tomorrow, July 3. The next update to ADOC’s online COVID-19 dashboard will occur Monday, July 6.

COVID-19 Response

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Billie Joe Moore, a 73-year-old inmate who was serving a life sentence without the possibility of parole for murder out of Morgan County at St. Clair Correctional Facility (St. Clair) in Springville, Alabama, passed away on June 27.

Inmate Moore, who previously tested negative for COVID-19, was transferred from St. Clair to a local hospital on June 23 due to complications from advanced lung cancer. He remained under the care of the hospital until his passing. A positive test result for COVID-19 was returned post-mortem.

Henry Robinson, a 56-year-old inmate who was serving a 20-year sentence for second-degree burglary out of Mobile County at Staton Correctional Facility (Staton) in Elmore, Alabama, passed away on June 30.

Inmate Robinson suffered from preexisting chronic health conditions and, on June 25, was transferred from Staton to a local hospital for additional medical care unrelated to COVID-19. Prior to this transfer, Robinson was not displaying signs or symptoms of COVID-19. Upon admission to the hospital, he was tested for the disease and subsequently returned a positive test result. Robinson remained under the care of the hospital until his passing.

INMATE POPULATION

The ADOC has confirmed that one inmate at St. Clair has tested positive for COVID-19.  The inmate was transferred to a local hospital after exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19, where he subsequently tested positive. He remains under the care of the hospital. After completing our consultation with the State Medical Director of the ADOC’s contracted health services provider, the dormitory in which this inmate was housed was placed on level-two quarantine.

Seventy (70) total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among our inmate population, forty (40) of which remain active.

ADOC STAFF

The ADOC was informed via self-reporting that:

  • one (1) staff member at Birmingham Community Based Facility/Community Work Center in Birmingham, Alabama;
  • one (1) staff member at Fountain Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama;
  • one (1) staff member at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama; and
  • one (1) staff member at Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton, Alabama, have tested positive for COVID-19.

These four (4) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) has initiated investigations to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to this staff member. Upon completing the appropriate due diligence, OHS will advise any staff with direct exposure to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare providers.

Eighty-two (82) COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Eighty-seven (87) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.

COVID-19 Response

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Daniel Everett, a 74-year-old inmate who was serving a life sentence for production of obscene matter involving children under the age of 17 out of Madison County at Staton Correctional Facility (Staton) in Elmore, Alabama, passed away on June 30.

Inmate Everett, who was housed in Staton’s infirmary due to multiple advanced and chronic medical conditions, was tested for COVID-19 on June 11 after another inmate in the infirmary tested positive for the disease and subsequently passed away. Upon notification of his positive test result for COVID-19 on June 14, Everett was moved to medical isolation within the facility’s infirmary. He was transferred to a local hospital for additional care on June 22 once his condition began to deteriorate. Everett remained under the care of the hospital until his passing.

 INMATE POPULATION

The ADOC has confirmed that:

one (1) inmate at St. Clair Correctional Facility (St. Clair) in Springville, Alabama;

one (1) inmate at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women (Tutwiler) in Wetumpka, Alabama; and

one (1) inmate at Staton have tested positive for COVID-19.

The St. Clair inmate was transferred to a local hospital after exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19, where he subsequently tested positive. He remains under the care of the local hospital. The dormitory in which this inmate was housed has been placed on level-one quarantine.

The Tutwiler inmate, who remains asymptomatic, returned a positive test for COVID-19 as part of routine pre-operation testing conducted prior to a scheduled surgery. The inmate has been moved to medical isolation. The dormitory in which this inmate was housed remains on level-one quarantine.

The Staton inmate tested positive for COVID-19 at a local hospital, where he remains, while under their care for unrelated health conditions. The dormitory in which this inmate was housed has been placed on level-one quarantine.

All existing quarantine protocols held in-place or newly implemented were made after completing our consultations with the State Medical Director of the ADOC’s contracted health services provider.

Sixty-nine (68) total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among our inmate population, forty-three (43) of which remain active.

ADOC STAFF

The ADOC was informed via self-reporting that one (1) staff member at Easterling Correctional Facility in Clio, Alabama, has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual promptly self-quarantined under the direction of his or her healthcare provider.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) has initiated investigations to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to this staff member. Upon completing the appropriate due diligence, OHS will advise any staff with direct exposure to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare providers.

Additionally, the ADOC was informed via self-reporting that one (1) staff member at the Alabama Corrections Academy has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual has not recently been on ADOC premises. He or she will self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by his or her healthcare provider.

Eighty-one (81) COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Eighty-four (84) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.

COVID-19 Response

Wanda Gaye Dison, a 68-year-old inmate who was serving a 55-year-sentence for rape and sodomy out of Montgomery County at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women (Tutwiler) in Wetumpka, Alabama, sadly passed away on June 29.

On June 21, Inmate Dison was transferred to a local hospital from Tutwiler’s infirmary due to her advanced, chronic medical conditions and rapidly declining health. Upon admission to the hospital, Dison was tested for COVID-19 and subsequently returned a positive test result. She remained under the care of the hospital until her unfortunate passing. Dison’s exact cause of death is pending the results of a final autopsy. The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) extends its sympathies to the Dison family and her loved ones during this difficult time.

INMATE POPULATION

The ADOC has confirmed that two (2) inmates at Tutwiler have tested positive for COVID-19.

One of the inmates was asymptomatic and was tested as a precautionary measure prior to a necessary facility-to-facility transfer. The other inmate was on level-two quarantine awaiting the results of a test for COVID-19 after presenting with signs and symptoms of the disease. Upon notification of their positive test results, both inmates were moved to medical isolation. After completing our consultation with the State Medical Director of the ADOC’s contracted health services provider, the decision was made to keep the respective areas in which these inmates were housed on level-one quarantine.

Sixty-five (65) total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among our inmate population, forty-one (41) of which remain active.

ADOC STAFF

The ADOC was informed via self-reporting that:

  • two (2) staff members at Birmingham Community Based Facility/Community Work Center in Birmingham, Alabama;
  • one (1) staff member employed at St. Clair Correctional Facility in Springville, Alabama;
  • three (3) staff members employed at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama;
  • one (1) staff member employed at North Alabama Community Based Facility/Community Work Center in Decatur, Alabama; and
  • one (1) staff member employed at Kilby Correctional Facility in Montgomery, Alabama, have tested positive for COVID-19.

These eight (8) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) has initiated investigations to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate due diligence, OHS will advise any staff with direct exposure to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare providers.

Eighty-two (82) COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Eighty-one (81) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.

COVID-19 Response

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed via self-reporting that one (1) staff member employed at Bibb Correctional Facility in Brent, Alabama, one (1) staff member employed at Birmingham Community Based Facility/Community Work Center in Birmingham, Alabama, and one (1) staff member employed at the Criminal Justice Center in Montgomery, Alabama, have tested positive for COVID-19. These three (3) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) has initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate due diligence, OHS will advise any staff with direct exposure to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare providers.

Eighty-one (81) COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Seventy-four (74) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.

The ADOC has confirmed that one (1) inmate at Easterling Correctional Facility in Clio, Alabama, has tested positive for COVID-19. After exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19, the inmate was tested and placed on level-two quarantine until he was transferred to a local hospital for further treatment. The inmate tested positive and remains under the care of the local hospital. The dormitory in which the inmate was housed remains on level-one quarantine.

Sixty-three (63) total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among our inmate population, forty (40) of which remain active.

COVID-19 Response

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) is saddened to announce the death of an employee at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women (Tutwiler) in Wetumpka, Alabama. This staff member recently had tested positive for COVID-19. The ADOC extends its heartfelt condolences to the employee’s family and loved ones during this difficult time, and is forever grateful for the employee’s service to the Department. This is the Department’s first COVID-19-related staff or contracted staff death.

The ADOC was informed via self-reporting that one (1) staff member employed at the Criminal Justice Center in Montgomery, Alabama, and one (1) staff member employed at Tutwiler have tested positive for COVID-19. These two (2) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) has initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate due diligence, OHS will advise any staff with direct exposure to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare providers.

Eighty (80) COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Seventy-two (72) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.

The ADOC has confirmed six (6) inmates have tested positive for COVID-19:

  • Alabama Therapeutic Education Facility (Columbiana, Alabama) – One (1) inmate
  • Draper Quarantine Intake Facility (Elmore, Alabama) – One (1) inmate
  • Staton Correctional Facility (Elmore, Alabama) – One (1) inmate
  • Tutwiler – Three (3) inmates

Alabama Therapeutic Education Facility (ATEF): After exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19, one inmate at ATEF was tested and placed on level-two quarantine awaiting the results of their test. Upon returning a positive test, the inmate was placed on medical isolation. After consulting with the State Medical Director of the ADOC’s contracted health services provider, the decision was made to place the inmate’s dormitory on level-one quarantine.

Draper Quarantine Intake Facility (Draper QIF): One asymptomatic inmate at Draper QIF tested positive for COVID-19 and was placed on medical isolation. All inmates who were transferred from the positive inmate’s respective county were also placed on medical isolation. The entire Draper QIF has been placed on level-one quarantine.

Staton Correctional Facility (Staton):  After exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19, one inmate at Staton was tested and placed on level-two quarantine awaiting the results of their test. After testing positive, the inmate was placed on medical isolation. The dorm in which the inmate was housed is on level-one quarantine.

Tutwiler: The ADOC has confirmed that three (3) inmates at Tutwiler have tested positive for COVID-19. One inmate was taken to a local hospital for unrelated reasons and was tested for the disease upon her arrival. The inmate returned a positive test, and remains under the care of the local hospital. Upon completing our consultation with the State Medical Director of the ADOC’s contracted health services provider, the decision was made to place the inmate’s housing area on medical isolation.

A second Tutwiler inmate, housed in the infirmary, was tested for COVID-19 due to direct contact with an individual who later returned a positive test, and a third Tutwiler inmate was tested after exhibiting signs and symptoms of the disease. Upon returning positive tests, the inmates were placed on medical isolation in the facility. Tutwiler’s infirmary remains on level-one quarantine, and the dormitory in which the third inmate was housed will also be placed on level-one quarantine.

Sixty-two (62) total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among our inmate population, thirty-nine (39) of which remain active.

COVID-19 Response

Allen Barton, a terminally ill, 59-year-old inmate who was serving a 99-year sentence for rape out of Mobile County at Staton Correctional Facility (Staton), sadly passed away on June 23.  

On June 14, inmate Barton tested positive for COVID-19 at Staton’s infirmary after exhibiting signs and symptoms of the disease. Inmate Barton, who was considered high-risk due to his advanced chronic health conditions, was transferred to a local hospital from Staton’s infirmary for additional treatment on June 18. He remained under the care of the local hospital until his death. Barton’s exact cause of death is pending the results of a full autopsy. The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) extends its sympathies to the Barton family and his loved ones during this difficult time.

The entire infirmary at Staton, in which Barton was housed, remains on medical isolation.  

The ADOC has confirmed that one (1) inmate at Easterling Correctional Facility (Easterling) in Clio, Alabama, has tested positive for COVID-19. After exhibiting signs and symptoms of the disease, the inmate was transferred to a local hospital. The inmate was tested for COVID-19 at the local hospital and, after returning a positive test, remains under the care of the local hospital. The dorm in which the inmate was housed remains on level-one quarantine.

Additionally, one (1) inmate at Kilby Correctional Facility (Kilby) in Montgomery, Alabama, has tested positive for COVID-19. The inmate has been placed on medical isolation within Kilby’s infirmary, where he is receiving treatment. Upon completing our consultation with the State Medical Director of the ADOC’s contracted health services provider, the decision was made to place the entire infirmary at Kilby on level-one quarantine with no movement in or out.

Fifty-six (56) total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among our inmate population, thirty-four (34) of which remain active.

The ADOC was informed via self-reporting that one (1) staff member employed at Easterling and one (1) staff member employed at North Alabama Community Based Facility/Community Work Center in Decatur, Alabama, have tested positive for COVID-19. These two (2) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) has initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate due diligence, OHS will advise any staff with direct exposure to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare providers.

Ninety-three (93) COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Fifty-eight (58) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.

COVID-19 Response

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed via self-reporting that:

  • one (1) staff member employed at Limestone Correctional Facility in Harvest, Alabama;
  • one (1) staff member employed at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women (Tutwiler) in Wetumpka, Alabama;
  • one (1) staff member employed at Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton, Alabama; and
  • one (1) staff member employed at the Criminal Justice Center in Montgomery, Alabama, have tested positive for COVID-19.

These four (4) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) has initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate due diligence, OHS will advise any staff with direct exposure to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare providers.

Ninety-six (96) COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Fifty-three (53) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.

The ADOC has confirmed that three (3) inmates at Easterling Correctional Facility (Easterling) in Clio, Alabama, has tested positive for COVID-19. After exhibiting signs and symptoms of the disease, the inmate was placed on level-two quarantine, pending the results of a test for COVID-19. Following notification of his positive test result, the inmate was moved to medical isolation.

Additionally, one (1) inmate at Tutwiler has tested positive for COVID-19. Due to ongoing health conditions, the inmate was transferred to a local hospital from Tutwiler’s infirmary after exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19. The inmate was tested for COVID-19 at the local hospital and, after returning a positive test, remains under the care of the local hospital.

Upon completing our consultation with the State Medical Director of the ADOC’s contracted health services provider, the decision was made to place the affected dormitories at Easterling and the Tutwiler infirmary on level-one quarantine.

Fifty-four (54) total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among our inmate population, thirty-six (36) of which remain active.

COVID-19 Response

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed via self-reporting that one (1) staff member employed at Easterling Correctional Facility (Easterling) in Clio, Alabama, and one (1) staff member employed at Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton, Alabama, have tested positive for COVID-19. These two (2) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) has initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate due diligence, OHS will advise any staff with direct exposure to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare providers.

After reviewing our collected data, it appears we misreported one self-reported positive staff case at Bibb Correctional Facility and one self-reported positive case at Staton Correctional Facility; we sincerely apologize for any confusion. To-date, and to confirm, 94 COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Fifty-one (51) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.

Additionally, the ADOC has confirmed that two (2) inmates at Easterling have tested positive for COVID-19. After exhibiting signs and symptoms of the disease, both inmates were placed on level-two quarantine, pending the results of their tests for COVID-19. Following notification of their positive test results, both inmates were moved to medical isolation.

Upon completing our consultation with the State Medical Director of the ADOC’s contracted health services provider, the decision was made to place the dormitory in which these inmates were housed on level-one quarantine.

Fifty (50) total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among our inmate population, thirty-two (32) of which remain active.

COVID-19 Response

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed via self-reporting that:

  • one (1) staff member employed at Bibb Correctional Facility in Brent, Alabama;
  • one (1) staff member employed at Bullock Correctional Facility in Union Springs, Alabama;
  • one (1) staff member employed at St. Clair Correctional Facility in Springville, Alabama;
  • three (3) staff members employed at Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore, Alabama; and
  • one (1) staff member employed at the Criminal Justice Center (CJC) in Montgomery, Alabama, have tested positive for COVID-19.

These seven (7) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) has initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare providers.

Ninety-six (96) COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Forty-nine (49) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.

Additionally, the ADOC has confirmed that two (2) inmates at Easterling Correctional Facility (Easterling) have tested positive for COVID-19. After exhibiting signs and symptoms of the disease, both inmates were placed on level-two quarantine, pending the results of their tests for COVID-19. Following notification of their positive test results, both inmates immediately were moved to medical isolation within the facility.

Upon completing our consultation with the State Medical Director of the ADOC’s contracted health services provider, the decision was made to place both dormitories in which these inmates were housed on level-one quarantine.

Forty-eight (48) total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among our inmate population, thirty-four (34) of which remain active.

COVID-19 Response

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed via self-reporting that two (2) staff members employed at Kilby Correctional Facility in Montgomery, Alabama have tested positive for COVID-19. These two (2) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) has initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare providers.

Ninety-four (94) COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Forty-four (44) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.

Additionally, the ADOC has confirmed that two (2) inmates at Easterling Correctional Facility (Easterling) have tested positive for COVID-19. After exhibiting signs and symptoms of the disease, both inmates were placed on level-two quarantine, pending the results of their tests for COVID-19. Following notification of their positive test results, both inmates immediately were moved to medical isolation within the facility.

The two dormitories at Easterling in which these two inmates were separately housed already had been placed on level-one quarantine as a result of previous positive inmate tests at the facility. Upon completing our consultation with the State Medical Director of the ADOC’s contracted health services provider, the decision has been made to keep both dormitories on level-one quarantine.

Forty-six (46) total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among our inmate population, twenty-eight (28) of which remain active.

COVID-19 Response

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed via self-reporting that:

  • two (2) staff members employed at Staton Correctional Facility (Staton) in Elmore, Alabama; and
  • one (1) staff member employed at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama, have tested positive for COVID-19.

These three (3) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) has initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare providers.

Additionally, the ADOC was informed via self-reporting that one (1) trainee at the Wetumpka Training Center (WTC) in Wetumpka, Alabama, has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual also promptly self-quarantined under the direction of his or her healthcare provider. Following protocol, any exposed trainers or trainees at WTC will be advised to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare providers.

One hundred one (101) COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Thirty-five (35) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.

The ADOC also has confirmed that one (1) inmate at Staton has tested positive for COVID-19. After the inmate began exhibiting signs and symptoms of the disease, he was placed on level-two quarantine pending the results of a test for COVID-19. Following notification of his positive test result, he immediately was moved to medical isolation within the facility.

Forty-four (44) total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among our inmate population, twenty-six (26) of which remain active.

COVID-19 Response

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed via self-reporting that:

  • one (1) staff member employed at Bibb Correctional Facility in Brent, Alabama;
  • one (1) staff member employed at Easterling Correctional Facility (Easterling) in Clio, Alabama;
  • two (2) staff members employed at Elmore Correctional Facility in Elmore, Alabama;
  • one (1) staff member employed at Fountain Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama;
  • one (1) staff member employed at Kilby Correctional Facility in Montgomery, Alabama;

and

  • three (3) staff members employed at Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore, Alabama, have tested positive for COVID-19.

These nine (9) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) has initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare providers.

Ninety-eight (98) COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Thirty-three (33) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.

The ADOC also has confirmed that two (2) inmates at Easterling have tested positive for COVID-19.

One of the inmates began exhibiting signs and symptoms of the disease, and was placed on level-two quarantine pending the results of a test for COVID-19. Following notification of his positive test result, he immediately was moved to medical isolation. Upon completing our consultation with the State Medical Director of the ADOC’s contracted health services provider, the decision was made to place the dormitory in which this inmate was housed on level-one quarantine. The other, who was asymptomatic, tested positive for COVID-19 at a local hospital while receiving care for an unrelated injury. He remains asymptomatic and under the care of the local hospital.

Forty-three (43) total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among our inmate population, twenty-five (25) of which remain active.

** Please note the ADOC mistakenly categorized three inmate cases as “recovered” in its data collection yesterday (June 15). These three cases are still considered active, and are reflected accurately in the above total.

COVID-19 Response

Robert Stewart, an 80-year-old inmate who was serving a life-sentence for murder out of Baldwin County at Staton Correctional Facility (Staton), sadly passed away on June 14.  

On June 8, inmate Stewart immediately was transferred to a local hospital from Staton’s infirmary after exhibiting signs and symptoms of COVID-19, as he was considered high-risk due to his advanced chronic health conditions. He was tested for COVID-19 at the local hospital and, after returning a positive test on June 10, remained under care of the local hospital until his unfortunate death. Stewart’s exact cause of death is pending the results of a full autopsy. The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) extends its sympathies to the Stewart family and his loved ones during this difficult time.

On June 11, upon completing our consultation with the State Medical Director of the ADOC’s contracted health services provider, the decision was made to test inmates housed in Staton’s infirmary due to their direct exposure to previously reported inmate and employee positive cases. The ADOC confirmed that 13 of the inmates housed in Staton’s infirmary tested positive for COVID-19. Each of these inmates are currently in medical isolation.

In addition, the entire infirmary at Staton, which previously was on level-two quarantine, was elevated to level-three quarantine. Medical care unrelated to COVID-19 is being provided to inmates at an alternate location within the facility. Necessary medical equipment has been moved out of the infirmary and appropriately sanitized.

Forty-one (41) total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among our inmate population, 20 of which remain active.

The ADOC was informed via self-reporting that:

  • one (1) staff member employed at Bibb Correctional Facility in Brent, Alabama;
  • one (1) staff members employed at Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore, Alabama; and
  • one (1) staff member employed at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama, have tested positive for COVID-19.

These three (3) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) has initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare providers.

Ninety (90) COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Thirty-two (32) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.

COVID-19 Response

Clarence Shepherd, an 80-year-old inmate at St. Clair Correctional Facility (St. Clair) who was serving a life without the possibility of parole (LWOP) sentence for murder out of Jefferson County and a LWOP sentence for murder and escape out of Autauga County, sadly passed away today.

On May 27, inmate Shepherd was tested for COVID-19 at St. Clair’s infirmary after exhibiting signs and symptoms of the virus. He was placed on level-two quarantine pending the results of his COVID-19 test. After returning a positive test result on May 29, he was transferred to a local hospital for additional treatment as he was considered high-risk due to multiple, chronic debilitating diseases. He later was discharged and placed in medical isolation within St. Clair’s infirmary where he remained until his death early this morning. Shepherd’s exact cause of death is pending the results of a full autopsy. The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) extends its sympathies to the Shepherd family and his loved ones during this difficult time.

The entire infirmary at St. Clair remains on level-one quarantine.

The ADOC was informed via self-reporting that:

  • one (1) staff member employed at Bibb Correctional Facility in Brent, Alabama;
  • one (1) staff member employed at St. Clair Correctional Facility (St. Clair) in Springville, Alabama;
  • two (2) staff members employed at Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore, Alabama; and
  • one (1) staff member employed at Limestone Correctional Facility in Harvest, Alabama, have tested positive for COVID-19.

These five (5) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) has initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare providers.

Ninety (90) COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Twenty-nine (29) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.

The ADOC, as of 12:00 p.m. CDT today, has not confirmed any additional positive tests among its inmate population. Twenty-eight (28) total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among our inmate population, fifteen (15) of which remain active.

COVID-19 Response

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed via self-reporting that:

  • one (1) staff member employed at Bullock Correctional Facility in Union Springs, Alabama;
  • one (1) staff member employed at Easterling Correctional Facility in Clio, Alabama;
  • one (1) staff member employed at Staton Correctional Facility (Staton) in Elmore, Alabama; and
  • one (1) staff member employed at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama, have tested positive for COVID-19.

These four (4) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) has initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare providers.

Additionally, the ADOC was informed via self-reporting that one (1) trainee at the Alabama Corrections Academy has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual also promptly self-quarantined under the direction of his or her healthcare provider. Following notification of this positive test, all Alabama Corrections Academy trainees have been sent home until such time as the campus’ common, training, and residential areas have been thoroughly sanitized.

Eighty-four (85) COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Twenty-nine (29) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.

The ADOC also has confirmed that one (1) inmate at Staton has tested positive for COVID-19. The inmate, considered high-risk due to preexisting chronic health conditions, immediately was transferred from the facility’s infirmary to a local hospital after exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, where he subsequently tested positive for the virus. He currently is under the care of the local hospital.

Upon completing our consultation with the State Medical Director of the ADOC’s contracted health services provider, the decision was made to elevate the entire infirmary at Staton from level-one quarantine to level-two quarantine.

Twenty-eight (28) total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among our inmate population, sixteen (16) of which remain active.

COVID-19 Response

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed via self-reporting that two (2) staff members employed at Kilby Correctional Facility in Montgomery, Alabama, one (1) staff member employed at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama, and three (3) staff members employed at Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore, Alabama, have tested positive for COVID-19. These six (6) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) has initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare providers.

Eighty-one (81) COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Twenty-seven (27) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.

The ADOC, as of 12:00 p.m. CDT today, has not confirmed any additional positive tests among its inmate population. Twenty-seven (27) total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among our inmate population, sixteen (16) of which remain active.

COVID-19 Response

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed via self-reporting that one (1) staff member employed at Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore, Alabama, one (1) staff member employed at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama, and one (1) staff member employed at Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton, Alabama, have tested positive for COVID-19. These three (3) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) has initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare providers.

Seventy-five (75) COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Twenty-seven (27) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.

The ADOC, as of 12:00 p.m. CDT today, has not confirmed any additional positive tests among its inmate population. Twenty-seven (27) total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among our inmate population, eighteen (18) of which remain active.

COVID-19 Response

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed via self-reporting that:

  • one (1) staff member employed at Bibb Correctional Facility in Brent, Alabama;
  • one (1) staff member employed at Elmore Correctional Facility in Elmore, Alabama;
  • one (1) staff member employed at Frank Lee Community Based Facility/Community Work Center Facility in Deatsville, Alabama;
  • two (2) staff members employed at Kilby Correctional Facility (Kilby) in Montgomery, Alabama;
  • one (1) staff member employed at St. Clair Correctional Facility (St. Clair) in Springville, Alabama;
  • five (5) staff members employed at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women (Tutwiler) in Wetumpka, Alabama;
  • two (2) staff members employed at Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore, Alabama; and
  • three (3) staff members employed at ADOC’s Central Office in Montgomery, Alabama, have tested positive for COVID-19.

These sixteen (16) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) has initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare providers.

Seventy-three (73) COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Twenty-six (26) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.

The ADOC also has confirmed that:

  • one (1) inmate at Donaldson Correctional Facility (Donaldson) in Bessemer, Alabama;
  • one (1) inmate at Easterling Correctional Facility (Easterling) in Clio, Alabama;
  • one (1) inmate at Kilby;
  • one (1) inmate at Tutwiler; and
  • one (1) inmate at St. Clair have tested positive for COVID-19.

The Donaldson inmate, who remains asymptomatic, returned a positive test for COVID-19 as part of routine pre-operation testing conducted at a local hospital prior to a scheduled surgery. After returning a positive test result for COVID-19, the inmate was moved to medical isolation / level-three quarantine. The dormitory in which this inmate was housed has been placed on level-one quarantine.

The Easterling inmate was transferred to the facility’s infirmary after exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, where he was placed on level-two quarantine pending the results of a test administered at the facility. After returning a positive test result for COVID-19, the inmate was moved to medical isolation / level-three quarantine. The dormitory in which this inmate was housed has been placed on level-one quarantine.

The Kilby inmate, who was housed in the facility’s infirmary, was transferred to a local hospital after exhibiting symptoms for COVID-19, where he subsequently tested positive. He remains under the care of the local hospital. Kilby’s infirmary remains on level-one quarantine, as noted in a previous COVID-19 update.

The Tutwiler inmate was transferred to the facility’s infirmary after exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, where she was placed on level-two quarantine pending the results of a test which was administered by healthcare staff at the facility. After returning a positive test result for COVID-19, the inmate was moved to medical isolation / level-three quarantine. The dormitory in which this inmate was housed has been placed on level-one quarantine.

The St. Clair inmate, who was housed in the facility’s infirmary, had been moved to level-two quarantine following close contact with an inmate who previously tested positive. As he was considered high-risk due to pre-existing health conditions, a physician ordered a test for COVID-19 which was administered by healthcare staff at the facility. After returning a positive test result for COVID-19, the inmate was moved to medical isolation / level-three quarantine within the infirmary. St. Clair’s infirmary remains on level-one quarantine, as noted in a previous COVID-19 update.

All decisions regarding quarantine procedures taken following the confirmation of the aforementioned positive inmate tests were made after completing our consultation with the State Medical Director of the ADOC’s contracted health services provider.

Twenty-seven (27) total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among our inmate population, eighteen (18) of which remain active. Please note that today’s updates to the online inmate testing chart reflects data captured Friday, June 5 – Sunday, June 7.

Twenty-seven (27) total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among our inmate population, eighteen (18) of which remain active. Please note that today’s updates to the online inmate testing chart reflects data captured Friday, June 5 – Sunday, June 7.

COVID-19 Response

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed via self-reporting that three (3) staff members employed at Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore, Alabama, three (3) staff members employed at Kilby Correctional Facility in Montgomery, Alabama, and one (1) staff member employed at Elmore Correctional Facility in Elmore, Alabama, have tested positive for COVID-19. These seven (7) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) has initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare providers.

Fifty-eight (58) COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Twenty-five (25) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.

The ADOC, as of 12:00 p.m. CDT today, has not confirmed any additional positive tests among its inmate population. Twenty-two (22) total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among our inmate population, thirteen (13) of which remain active.

COVID-19 Response

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed via self-reporting that one (1) staff member employed at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women (Tutwiler) in Wetumpka, Alabama, one (1) staff member employed at Elmore Correctional Facility in Elmore, Alabama, one (1) staff member employed at Kilby Correctional Facility in Montgomery, Alabama, and one (1) staff at Bibb Correctional Facility in Brent, Alabama, have tested positive for COVID-19. These four (4) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) has initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare providers.

Fifty-one (51) COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Twenty-five (25) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.

The ADOC also has confirmed that one (1) inmate at Easterling Correctional Facility (Easterling) in Clio, Alabama, one (1) inmate at St. Clair Correctional Facility (St. Clair) in Springville, Alabama, and one (1) inmate at Tutwiler have tested positive for COVID-19.

Upon notification of the positive test results, the Easterling and Tutwiler inmates immediately were moved to level-three quarantine, or medical isolation, within their respective infirmary. Inmates on level-three quarantine are medically isolated, and strictly confined to their isolation space unless movement is absolutely necessary. All medical care, meals, and activities are conducted within the isolation space.

The St. Clair inmate, considered high-risk due to preexisting medical conditions, immediately was transferred from the facility’s infirmary to a local hospital after exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, where he subsequently tested positive for the virus. He currently is under the care of the local hospital.

Upon completing our consultation with the State Medical Director of the ADOC’s contracted health services provider, the decision was made to place the dorms at Easterling and Tutwiler in which these two inmates were housed on level-one quarantine. The entire infirmary at St. Clair remains on level-one quarantine, with the exception of the small living area on level-two quarantine, as discussed in previous COVID-19 updates.

Twenty-two (22) total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among our inmate population, thirteen (13) of which remain active.

COVID-19 Response

William Hershell Moon, a 74-year-old inmate with a known history of chronic, debilitating disease who was serving a life-sentence for murder out of Jefferson County at St. Clair Correctional Facility (St. Clair), sadly passed away today at a local hospital. On May 27, inmate Moon was transferred to a local hospital from St. Clair’s infirmary, in which he was housed after a previous hospitalization on May 13. Upon exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, Moon was subsequently tested positive for the virus. Moon’s exact cause of death is pending the results of a full autopsy. The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) extends its sympathies to the Moon family and his loved ones during this difficult time.

As indicated in the ADOC’s COVID-19 update published yesterday, June 2, four (4) inmates housed in the same small living area as inmate Moon also tested positive for COVID-19. This small living area within St. Clair’s infirmary remains on level-two quarantine, and the entire infirmary at St. Clair remains on level-one quarantine.

The ADOC was informed via self-reporting that one (1) staff member employed at Elmore Correctional Facility in Elmore, Alabama, one (1) staff member employed at Fountain Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama, one (1) staff member employed at Kilby Correctional Facility in Montgomery, Alabama, and one (1) staff member employed at Montgomery Women’s Facility in Montgomery, Alabama, have tested positive for COVID-19. These four (4) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) has initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare providers.

Fifty-one (51) COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Twenty-one (21) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.

The ADOC, as of 12:00 p.m. CDT today, has not confirmed any additional positive tests among its inmate population. Nineteen (19) total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among our inmate population, ten (10) of which remain active.

COVID-19 Response

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed via self-reporting that four (4) staff members employed at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama, one (1) staff member employed at Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton, Alabama, one (1) staff member employed at Alex City Community Based Facility/Community Work Center in Alex City, Alabama, and one (1) staff member employed at Birmingham Community Based Facility/Community Work Center in Birmingham, Alabama, have tested positive for COVID-19. These seven (7) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) has initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare providers.

Fifty-one (51) COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Seventeen (17) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.

The ADOC also has confirmed that four (4) inmates at St. Clair Correctional Facility (St. Clair) in Springville, Alabama, one (1) inmate at Kilby Correctional Facility (Kilby) in Montgomery, Alabama, one (1) inmate at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women (Tutwiler) in Montgomery, Alabama, and one (1) inmate at Frank Lee Community Based Facility/Community Work Center (Frank Lee) in Deatsville, Alabama have tested positive for COVID-19.

The four St. Clair inmates who tested positive for COVID-19 were housed in the same small living area within the facility’s infirmary as the inmate who previously tested positive after being transferred to a local hospital. Upon completing our consultation with the State Medical Director of the ADOC’s contracted health services provider, the decision was made to keep the small living area within St. Clair’s infirmary in which these inmates were housed on level-two quarantine. The entire infirmary at St. Clair remains on level-one quarantine.

The Kilby inmate, who was housed in the facility’s infirmary, was transferred to a local hospital after exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, where he subsequently tested positive. He remains under the care of the local hospital. Upon completing our consultation with the State Medical Director of the ADOC’s contracted health services provider, the decision was made to place Kilby’s infirmary on level-one quarantine.

The Tutwiler inmate, who remains asymptomatic, returned a positive test for COVID-19 as part of routine pre-operation testing conducted prior to a scheduled surgery. The inmate has been moved to medical isolation. Upon completing our consultation with the State Medical Director of the ADOC’s contracted health services provider, the decision was made to place the Tutwiler dormitory in which this inmate was housed on level-one quarantine.

After developing symptoms of COVID-19, the Frank Lee inmate was transferred to Staton Correctional Facility to an area under level-two quarantine, where he subsequently tested positive. After testing positive, he was moved to medical isolation at Kilby. Upon completing our consultation with the State Medical Director of the ADOC’s contracted health services provider, the decision was made to place Kilby on level-one quarantine.

Nineteen (19) total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among our inmate population, ten (10) of which remain active.

COVID-19 Response

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed via self-reporting that three (3) staff members employed at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama, have tested positive for COVID-19. These three (3) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) has initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare providers.

Forty-five (45) COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Sixteen (16) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.

The ADOC also has confirmed that one (1) inmate at St. Clair Correctional Facility (St. Clair) has tested positive for COVID-19. The inmate was admitted to the hospital for a preexisting condition, non COVID-19 related, earlier in the month and tested negative for COVID-19. Subsequently, the inmate was hospitalized a second time within a short period and tested positive for COVID-19 at the hospital. He remains under the care of the local hospital.

Upon completing our consultation with the State Medical Director at the ADOC’s contracted health services provider, the decision was made to place the small living area within St. Clair’s infirmary in which this inmate was housed on level-two quarantine. Inmates on level-two quarantine are restricted to their designated housing area for all activities including meals, and additional precautions and measures will be taken in accordance with CDC guidelines for COVID-19. The entire St. Clair infirmary, except for the aforementioned small living area, has been placed on level-one quarantine.

Twelve (12) total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among our inmate population, three (3) of which remain active.

In recognition of the state holiday, the ADOC Central Office will be closed on Monday, June 1. The next update to ADOC’s online COVID-19 testing charts will occur on Tuesday, June 2, and reflect data collected from Friday, May 29 – Monday, June 1.

COVID-19 Response

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed via self-reporting that two (2) staff members employed at Bullock Correctional Facility in Union Springs, Alabama, and one (1) staff member employed at Kilby Correctional Facility in Montgomery, Alabama have tested positive for COVID-19. These three (3) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) has initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare providers.

Forty-six (46) COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Twelve (12) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.

The ADOC, as of 12:00 p.m. CDT today, has not confirmed any additional positive tests among its inmate population. Eleven (11) total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among our inmate population, two (2) of which remain active.

This week, the ADOC completed a previously announced initiative to install infrared camera systems at its major facilities that detect if individuals attempting entry or exit from its facilities are running a temperature greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. This added layer of screening increases accuracy of readings while reducing the frequency with which individuals must be in close proximity at points of entry/exit.

COVID-19 Response

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed via self-reporting that two (2) staff members employed at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama, one (1) staff member employed at Hamilton Aged and Infirmed in Hamilton, Alabama, and one (1) staff member employed at Bullock Correctional Facility in Union Springs, Alabama, have tested positive for COVID-19. These four (4) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) has initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare providers.

Forty-five (45) COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Ten (10) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.

The ADOC has confirmed that two (2) inmates housed at Kilby Correctional Facility (Kilby) have tested positive for COVID-19. Eleven (11) total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among our inmate population, two (2) of which remain active.

These two inmates have been housed for an extended period of time in the infirmary at Kilby for treatment of preexisting medical conditions. After testing positive for COVID-19, both inmates were promptly transferred and admitted to a local hospital, where they remain, for treatment.

Upon completing our consultation with the State Medical Director at ADOC’s contracted health services provider, the decision was made to place the infirmary at Kilby on level-one quarantine. While under level-one quarantine, inmates in the infirmary will be monitored closely for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, including taking and recording of temperatures twice per day. Infirmary staff will continue to wear appropriate personal protective equipment, and measures will be taken should an inmate become symptomatic in accordance with CDC guidelines for COVID-19.

Finally, the ADOC has begun the process of resuming many rehabilitative programs led by ADOC and contracted health services staff within its facilities. To safely resume these programs, all participating staff members and inmates are required to wear face masks during program facilitation and maintain six (6) feet of distance from one another. Classes have been scheduled to allow for reduced capacity, and classroom furniture has been arranged accordingly to accommodate for social distancing. Hand sanitizer is available to all participants during class, and classrooms are sanitized extensively each day.

At this time, volunteer-led rehabilitative programs remain suspended.

COVID-19 Response

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed via self-reporting that three (3) staff members employed at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama, two (2) staff members employed at Frank Lee Community Based Facility/Community Work Center in Deatsville, Alabama, one (1) staff member employed at Kilby Correctional Facility in Montgomery, Alabama, one (1) staff member employed at Bullock Correctional Facility in Union Springs, Alabama, and one (1) staff member employed at Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton, Alabama, have tested positive for COVID-19. These eight (8) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare providers.

Forty-three (43) cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Eight (8) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.

The ADOC, as of 12:00 p.m. CDT today, has not confirmed any additional positive tests among its inmate population.

We understand that many are eager for certain activities, such as visitation and volunteer entry, to resume in accordance with Governor Kay Ivey’s current and future executive orders, and accordingly there are questions about when the ADOC’s temporary suspension of these activities will be lifted.

The Department currently is working on a comprehensive plan to resume some facility operations thoughtfully, including visitation and volunteer entry, but has not yet established a definitive timeline. Once established, the Department’s intent is to keep the public apprised of our anticipated plans and timeline to resume these activities safely in a manner that minimizes the risk of exposure to the virus.

A primary goal and concern of the ADOC is protecting the safety, security, and well-being of our inmates, staff, and the public during these unprecedented times. We continue to monitor COVID-19’s evolving impact closely on our correctional system, the state, and the country while we assess and analyze additional data in order to make informed and strategic operational decisions.

The ADOC appreciates the public’s understanding of the complexities associated with safely resuming these activities during a pandemic, and we ask for continued patience as we work diligently toward a safe and effective solution.

COVID-19 Response

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed via self-reporting that one (1) staff member employed at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama, one (1) staff member employed at Montgomery Women’s Facility in Montgomery, Alabama, and one (1) staff member employed at Frank Lee Community Based Facility/Community Work Center in Deatsville, Alabama, have tested positive for COVID-19. These three (3) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare provider.

Thirty-five (35) cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Eight (8) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by a medical provider to return to work.

The ADOC, as of 12:00 p.m. CDT today, has not confirmed any additional positive tests among its inmate population. Currently, there zero (0) active, confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the ADOC’s inmate population.

In honor of Memorial Day and all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice for our great country, the ADOC Central Office will be closed on Monday, May 25. The next update to ADOC’s online COVID-19 testing charts will occur on Tuesday, May 26, and reflect data collected from Friday, May 22 – Monday, May 25.

COVID-19 Response

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed via self-reporting that two (2) staff members employed at Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton, Alabama, one (1) staff member employed at Easterling Correctional Facility in Clio, Alabama, and one (1) staff member employed at Frank Lee Community Based Facility/Community Work Center in Deatsville, Alabama, have tested positive for COVID-19. These four (4) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare provider.

Thirty-two (32) cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Eight (8) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by a medical provider to return to work.

The ADOC, as of 12:00 p.m. CDT today, has not confirmed any additional positive tests among its inmate population. Currently, there zero (0) active, confirmed cases of COVID-19 among the ADOC’s inmate population.

COVID-19 Response

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed via self-reporting that one (1) staff member employed at Camden Community Based Facility/Community Work Center in Camden, Alabama and one (1) staff member employed at Birmingham Community Based Facility/Community Work Center in Birmingham, Alabama have tested positive for COVID-19. These two (2) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare provider.

Twenty-nine (29) cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Seven (7) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by a medical provider to return to work.

The ADOC, as of 2:00 p.m. CDT today, has not confirmed any additional positive tests among its inmate population. Currently, one (1) case of COVID-19 among the ADOC’s inmate population remains active.

Last week, the ADOC launched a new initiative to install infrared cameras across its facilities that will detect if individuals attempting entry to or exit from its facilities are running a temperature greater than 100 degrees Fahrenheit. Should the system detect such a temperature, the individual in question will undergo a secondary screening by a staff member to determine if he or she is running a temperature greater than 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit. Not only will this innovative system provide an added layer of screening, it will reduce the frequency with which individuals must be in close proximity at points of entry/exit.

The ADOC is one of the first state correctional systems to deploy infrared cameras with temperature screening capabilities. The Department currently is in the process of completing installation of these systems at all of its facilities.

COVID-19 Response

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed via self-reporting that one (1) staff member employed at Montgomery Women’s Community Based Facility/Community Work Center in Montgomery, Alabama, one (1) staff member employed at Hamilton Aged and Infirmed in Hamilton, Alabama, and one (1) staff member employed at Frank Lee Community Based Facility/Community Work Center in Deatsville, Alabama have tested positive for COVID-19. These three (3) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare provider.

Twenty-seven (27) cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Seven (7) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by a medical provider to return to work.

The ADOC, as of 2:00 p.m. CDT today, has not confirmed any additional positive tests among its inmate population. Currently, one (1) case of COVID-19 among the ADOC’s inmate population remains active.

COVID-19 Response

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed via self-reporting that one (1) staff member employed at Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore, Alabama, one (1) staff member employed at Kilby Correctional Facility in Montgomery, Alabama, and two (2) staff members employed at Frank Lee Community Based Facility/Community Work Center in Deatsville, Alabama have tested positive for COVID-19. These four (4) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare provider.

Twenty-four (24) cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Seven (7) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by a medical provider to return to work.

The ADOC, as of 2:00 p.m. CDT today, has not confirmed any additional positive tests among its inmate population. Currently, one (1) case of COVID-19 among the ADOC’s inmate population remains active.

At the end of last week, the ADOC received a new shipment of more than 29,000 bars of antibacterial soap. This shipment is in the process of being distributed to inmates across the correctional system to ensure continued access to appropriate hygiene products throughout the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak

Also last week, following the successful launch of the ADOC’s intake pilot program and the first cohort’s safe and secure transfer out of quarantine, a second cohort of 21 female inmates and 100 male inmates from county jails were received at the Tutwiler Quarantine Intake Facility and the Draper Quarantine Intake Facility, respectively. Per standing protocol, these new intakes will remain quarantined for a mandatory 14-day period before being transferred to their receiving correctional facilities.

Finally, as a reminder, today’s online testing chart update reflects data captured from Friday, May 15.

COVID-19 Response

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed today via self-reporting that one (1) staff member employed at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama, one (1) staff member employed at Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton, Alabama, and one (1) staff member employed at Frank Lee Community Based Facility/Community Work Center in Deatsville, Alabama have tested positive for COVID-19. These three (3) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare provider.

Twenty-two (22) cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Six (6) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by a medical provider to return to work.

The Department wishes to extend its appreciation for and thanks to both Alabama Regional Medical Services and Aid to Inmate Mothers, who in collaboration graciously have offered free COVID-19 testing to all ADOC staff employed at Birmingham Women’s Community Based Facility/Community Work Center.

The ADOC, as of close of business today, has not confirmed any additional positive tests among our inmate population. Currently, five (5) cases of COVID-19 among our inmate population remain active.

COVID-19 Response

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed today via self-reporting that one (1) staff member employed at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama and two (2) staff members employed at Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton, Alabama have tested positive for COVID-19. These three (3) individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare provider.

Nineteen (19) cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Six (6) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by a medical provider to return to work.

As of May 13, 2020, in concert with medical guidelines for non-emergent medical procedures, the ADOC has resumed necessary community medical appointments. All inmates referred to a community physician, health center, or local hospital for non-emergent appointments or medical procedures will be tested for COVID-19 upon medical provider or facility request, or in accordance with their testing requirements/protocols. All inmates transferred offsite for medical care, as well as the ADOC security personnel transporting them, will adhere to third-party medical providers’ COVID-19 safety protocols to minimize the potential risk of exposure.

The ADOC, as of close of business today, has not confirmed any additional positive tests among our inmate population. An inmate who previously tested positive at Hamilton Aged & Infirmed is now considered to have recovered from COVID-19 following a medical evaluation by a physician. Currently, five (5) cases of COVID-19 among our inmate population remain active.

COVID-19 Response

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed today via self-reporting that one (1) staff member employed at Ventress Correctional Facility (Ventress) in Clayton, Alabama, one (1) employee at Easterling Correctional Facility (Easterling) in Clio, Alabama, and one (1) staff member employed at Montgomery Women’s Community Based Facility/Community Work Center (Montgomery Women’s Facility) in Mt. Meigs, Alabama have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) immediately initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to the staff members at Ventress and Easterling who tested positive. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare provider.

The individual at Montgomery Women’s Facility who tested positive has been on leave for an extended period and had not reported to work while contagious. No staff members or inmates at Montgomery Women’s Facility potentially could have been exposed to COVID-19 through this individual.

These three (3) positive tests represent the 20th, 21st, and 22nd self-reported cases of COVID-19 among the ADOC’s employees and contracted staff, 16 of which remain active. Six (6) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by a medical provider to return to work.

The ADOC has not confirmed any additional positive tests among our inmate population.

COVID-19 Response

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed today via self-reporting that one (1) staff member employed at Kilby Correctional Facility in Mt. Meigs, Alabama and one (1) staff member employed at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women in Wetumpka, Alabama have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) immediately initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these two (2) staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare provider.

These two (2) positive tests represent the 18th and 19th self-reported cases of COVID-19 among the ADOC’s employees and contracted staff, 14 of which remain active. Five (5) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by a medical provider to return to work.

The ADOC has not confirmed any additional positive tests among our inmate population. We are pleased to report that, following a positive inmate test at Hamilton Aged and Infirmed, all inmates moved to level-two quarantine have tested negative for COVID-19, and subsequently were placed on level-one quarantine. The entire facility will remain on level-one quarantine until cleared by ADOC’s Office of Health Services.

As of today, all inmates remanded to our custody have received a total of four (4) face masks produced at the factory plants at Holman Correctional Facility and Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women. While we have reached our initial production goal, the ADOC plans to continue face mask production in order to stockpile supplies for new intakes and to replace those that become worn or broken.

As a reminder, today’s online testing chart reflects data captured from Friday, May 8 – Sunday, May 10.

COVID-19 Preparations

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) today confirmed an inmate incarcerated at Kilby Correctional Facility (Kilby) in Montgomery, Alabama, has tested positive for COVID-19. This represents the ninth (9) confirmed case of COVID-19 among our inmate population, five (5) of which remain active.

The inmate, who has chronic preexisting medical conditions, was promptly admitted to a local hospital after exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, where he subsequently tested positive. He remains under the care of the local hospital.

Upon completing our consultation with the State Medical Director at ADOC’s contracted health services provider, the decision was made to place two dorms at Kilby on level-one quarantine. While under a level-one quarantine, the inmate population will be monitored closely for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, including the taking and recording of temperatures twice per day. In addition, meals will be scheduled in groups and separate from other dorms. Appropriate measures will be taken should an inmate become symptomatic in accordance with CDC guidelines for COVID-19.

Inmates employed at factory plants at the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women and William C. Holman Correctional Facility continue to produce personal protective equipment. As of May 7, 2020, inmates have produced 2,482 gowns and more than 100,000 face masks, which will be shipped to ADOC’s Office of Health Services for strategic distribution across the Department’s facilities. By early next week, each inmate remanded to our custody should have a total of four (4) masks available for use/reuse.

The next update to the ADOC’s online COVID-19 testing chart will occur the evening of Monday, May 11, 2020, and will reflect data collected from Friday, May 8 through Sunday, May 10.

COVID-19 Preparations

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) today confirmed an inmate incarcerated at Hamilton Aged & Infirmed (Hamilton A&I) in Hamilton, Alabama, has tested positive for COVID-19. This represents the eighth confirmed case of COVID-19 among our inmate population, four (4) of which remain active.

The inmate, considered high-risk due to preexisting medical conditions, immediately was admitted to a local hospital after exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, where he subsequently tested positive. He remains under the care of the local hospital. Upon discharge, the inmate will be transferred to Limestone Correctional Facility and placed in a negative airflow room in medical isolation until he recovers and is cleared by a healthcare provider.

Upon completing our consultation with the State Medical Director at ADOC’s contracted health services provider, the decision was made to place the small dorm at Hamilton A&I in which this inmate was housed on level-two quarantine. Inmates on level-two quarantine are restricted to their designated housing area for all activities including meals, and additional precautions and measures will be taken in accordance with CDC guidelines for COVID-19. Inmates will not be permitted to leave their designated housing area while under level-two quarantine unless movement absolutely is necessary and appropriate personal protective equipment is utilized. The entire Hamilton A&I facility, except for the aforementioned dorm placed on a level-two quarantine, has been placed on a level-one quarantine.

The ADOC also was informed today via self-reporting that a staff member employed at Holman Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual promptly self-quarantined under the direction of his or her healthcare provider.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) immediately initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to this staff member. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare providers and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period, or as advised by their healthcare provider.

This positive test represents the 17th self-reported case of COVID-19 among ADOC’s employees and contracted staff, twelve (12) of which remain active. Five (5) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by a medical provider to return to work.

Yesterday, the ADOC accepted another community donation of 576 small bottles of hand sanitizer. We are grateful to those across our communities who donated these supplies for our inmate population. Donated hygiene supplies will continue to be distributed strategically across our facilities.

The ADOC has been working with our partner, the Alabama Prison Arts + Education Project (APAEP) through Auburn University, to continue providing vital programming while adhering to social distancing guidelines. While formal programming and volunteer entry have been suspended, the APAEP has been developing weekly educational newsletters for distribution to students currently enrolled in the program, students formerly enrolled in the program, and inmates housed in ADOC’s mental health units. The newsletters include material appropriate for multiple levels of learners across math, science, arts, culture, history, and social sciences, and include brain teasers, lateral thinking games, puzzles, and trivia. We appreciate the APAEP’s dedication to providing continuing education for our inmate population during these unprecedented times.

Finally, as the ADOC proudly celebrates our correctional staff this week in honor of National Correctional Officers Week, the Department also is honored to recognize our incredible nurses during National Nurses Week, which runs May 6 – May 12, 2020. Today is National Nurses Day, and we salute not only our incredible nursing staff, but also nurses across the country who have been true heroes throughout the COVID-19 outbreak. We are grateful for their service and invaluable contributions.

COVID-19 Preparations

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) today confirmed an inmate incarcerated at St. Clair Correctional Facility (St. Clair) in Springville, Alabama, has tested positive for COVID-19. The inmate tested positive while he was at a local hospital where he received care for a non-COVID-19 related preexisting medical condition. This represents the seventh (7) confirmed case of COVID-19 among our inmate population, three (3) of which remain active.

Upon completing our consultation with the State Medical Director at ADOC’s contracted health services provider, the decision was made to place the dorm at St. Clair in which this inmate was housed prior to his hospital stay on level-one quarantine. Inmates on level-one quarantine will be monitored closely for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 to include taking and recording temperatures twice per day. Appropriate measures will be taken should an inmate become symptomatic in accordance with CDC guidelines for COVID-19.

The ADOC also today reported an employee at Elba Community Based Facility/Community Work Center who previously tested positive for COVID-19 has been cleared by a medical provider to return to work, bringing the total number of active cases among ADOC staff to eleven (11).

On April 29, 2020, inmates employed at the Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women (Tutwiler) factory plant began production of gowns. To-date, nearly 1,000 gowns have been produced and shipped to the ADOC’s Office of Health Services for strategic distribution to staff across its facilities.

As of May 1, 2020, inmates employed at factory plants at William C. Holman Correctional Facility and Tutwiler have produced a total of 82,763 face masks. All inmates and staff have received two (2) masks to-date, and ten (10) of our facilities have received a second shipment to provide inmates at these facilities with a total of four (4) masks. Our end-goal is to produce enough masks for every inmate remanded to our custody to have a total of four (4) masks available for use/reuse.

As a final note, we encourage everyone to help us virtually celebrate our correctional staff in honor of National Correctional Officers Week, which runs from May 3 – 9, 2020. These heroic individuals maintain the safety, security, and well-being of our staff, inmates, and the public every single day. While we are incredibly proud of the public safety and service they provide all year long, we especially are grateful for the sacrifices they’ve made and will continue to make through the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic.

To every correctional officer in Alabama and beyond, we thank you, we honor you, and we salute your unwavering bravery.

COVID-19 Preparations

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) today confirmed an inmate incarcerated at Easterling Correctional Facility (Easterling) in Clio, Alabama, has tested positive for COVID-19. This represents the sixth confirmed case of COVID-19 among our inmate population, three (3) of which remain active.

The Easterling inmate tested positive at a local hospital, where he remains, receiving care for advanced, non-COVID-19 related medical conditions that were considered critical prior to his COVID-19 diagnosis.

Upon completing our consultation with the State Medical Director at ADOC’s contracted health services provider, the decision was made to place the dorm at Easterling in which this inmate was housed on a level-one quarantine. Inmates on a level-one quarantine will be monitored closely for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 to include taking and recording temperatures twice per day. Appropriate measures will be taken should an inmate become symptomatic in accordance with CDC guidelines for COVID-19.

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) also was informed today via self-reporting that two (2) staff members employed at Ventress Correctional Facility in Clayton, Alabama and one (1) staff member employed at Alex City Community Based Facility/Community Work Center in Alex City, Alabama have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare provider.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) immediately initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these three (3) staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare provider and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period or as advised by their healthcare provider.

These three (3) positive tests represent the 14th, 15th, and 16th self-reported cases of COVID-19 among ADOC’s officers and staff, twelve (12) of which remain active. Four (4) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by a medical provider to return to work.

Per ADOC policy, all those who work within the facilities are required to wear their face mask at all times to help slow the spread of COVID-19. We continue to advise staff to practice social distancing in their lives wherever possible and to practice good hygiene in accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations, including frequently washing their hands for at least 20 seconds with soap and warm water and avoid touching their eyes, nose, and mouth.

Moving forward, loved ones of incarcerated individuals, members of the media, and the public should expect all COVID-19 related news to be published and distributed by the ADOC in the evenings. There is significant due diligence that must be properly conducted to collect and verify information from across the correctional system. A primary goal of the ADOC is to share accurate news transparently in the timeliest fashion possible, and many parties who also perform other critical departmental functions are involved in this endeavor. As a result, the data collection and verification processes often are not completed until the end of the day.

The next update to the ADOC’s online COVID-19 testing chart will occur the evening of Monday, May 4, 2020, and will reflect data collected from the prior Friday through Sunday.

COVID-19 Preparations

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) today confirmed an inmate incarcerated at Bibb Correctional Institution (Bibb) in Brent, Alabama, has tested positive for COVID-19. This represents the fifth confirmed case of COVID-19 among our inmate population, two (2) of which remain active.

The inmate tested positive for COVID-19 at a local hospital, where he remains, while under their care for a non-COVID-19 related medical condition. Prior to his transfer to the local hospital, the inmate was housed in Bibb’s infirmary receiving treatment for his prior hospitalization.

Upon completing our consultation with the State Medical Director at ADOC’s contracted health services provider, the decision was made to place the inmates housed in Bibb’s infirmary on a level-one quarantine. Quarantined inmates will be monitored closely for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 to include taking and recording temperatures twice per day. Appropriate measures will be taken should an inmate become symptomatic in accordance with CDC guidelines for COVID-19.

The ADOC also was informed via self-reporting that one (1) staff member employed at Ventress Correctional Facility and one (1) staff member employed at Elmore Correctional Facility have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their respective healthcare providers.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) immediately initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these two (2) staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare provider and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period or as advised by their healthcare provider.

These two (2) positive tests represent the 12th and 13th self-reported cases of COVID-19 among ADOC’s officers and staff, ten (10) of which remain active. Three (3) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by a medical provider to return to work.

At 5 p.m. today (April 30, 2020), Governor Kay Ivey’s “Stay-at-Home” order expired and her new “Safer-at-Home” order went into effect. In order to slow the spread of COVID-19 in our facilities and best protect the health and safety of ADOC staff and individuals remanded to our custody, all previously suspended activities – including visitation and volunteer entry – will remain suspended until at least May 15, 2020, at 5 p.m.

At that time, and in accordance with any new order(s) issued by Governor Ivey, the ADOC will reassess these preventative measures and make an informed decision based on available data either to extend or lift the current suspension (with appropriate restrictions in place).

Ensuring the safety, security, and well-being of all those who live and work in our correctional system remains the ADOC’s highest priority. We ask for continued patience and understanding of all measures taken to protect our staff and inmate population, as our fight against COVID-19 is not yet over.

COVID-19 Preparations

On April 28, 2020, the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed via self-reporting that one (1) staff member employed at Ventress Correctional Facility and one (1) staff member employed at Kilby Correctional Facility have tested positive for COVID-19. These individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare provider.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services (OHS) immediately initiated an investigation to determine which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to these two (2) staff members. Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, OHS will advise any exposed staff members to contact their healthcare provider and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period or as advised by their healthcare provider.

These two (2) positive tests represent the 10th and 11th self-reported cases of COVID-19 among ADOC’s employees and contracted staff, eight (8) of which remain active. Three (3) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by a medical provider to return to work.

As of today, the ADOC has not confirmed any additional positive tests for COVID-19 among its inmate population. A total of four (4) positive tests have been confirmed, and one (1) case remains active. All actively diagnosed inmates remain in quarantine or medical isolation and will continue to receive treatment. Two (2) inmates who previously tested positive are now considered to have fully recovered following a medical evaluation.

Today, the ADOC accepted another community donation of 3,010 bars of antibacterial soap, 144 bottles of travel-size shampoo, and 489 small bottles of hand sanitizer. We again extend our thanks to all those across our communities who donated. Donated hygiene supplies will continue to be distributed strategically across our facilities.

The ADOC continues to distribute face masks produced at its factory plants at William C. Holman Correctional Facility and Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women to our inmate population. In order to track distribution of these masks across our system and ensure every inmate has access, we ask all inmates to sign a form upon receipt of their mask(s). This form includes a standard disclaimer indicating the ADOC-manufactured masks are not medical-grade (i.e., surgical quality). All inmates are informed they will receive a mask(s) regardless of whether they sign the provided form.

As a reminder, due to yesterday’s state holiday, today’s testing chart updates includes data collected from Friday, April 24 – Monday, April 27.

We remain grateful for and appreciative of all ADOC employees on the front lines of our fight against COVID-19, particularly correctional officers, healthcare providers, and every staff member who works inside our facilities.

COVID-19 Preparations

On April 24, 2020, the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed via a self-report that a staff member who works at Ventress Correctional Facility has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual is now self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare provider.

Upon completing the appropriate follow-up interviews and due diligence, ADOC’s Office of Health Services will advise staff who may have had direct, prolonged exposure to the staff member to contact their healthcare provider and self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period or as advised by their healthcare provider.

This positive test represents the ninth (9) self-reported positive test and the seventh (7) active case of COVID-19 among ADOC’s staff. Two (2) staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by a medical provider to return to work.

Thanks to a donation collected by Alabamians for Fair Justice, the ADOC today delivered 400 hygiene packages (in individual plastic bags) to the Draper Quarantine Intake Facility (Draper QIF) on the Draper Correctional Facility campus and 200 hygiene packages (in individual plastic bags) to the Tutwiler Quarantine Intake Facility (Tutwiler QIF). The hygiene packages are being delivered to current intakes, who all are under quarantine, and any surplus will be maintained at Draper QIF and Tutwiler QIF for new intakes.

In addition, the ADOC delivered 100 of these individual hygiene packages to the medical unit at Tutwiler Prison for Women. The supply allowed for distribution of the packages to inmates housed in the Mental Health Residential Treatment Unit as well. Any surplus will be maintained in the facility’s medical unit and distributed to inmates when housed in the infirmary. All hygiene packages strictly are for inmate use. We continue to work to sort donated supplies for further distribution to inmates across our system, which initially will be given to those considered high-risk.

As Monday, April 27, 2020, is a state holiday and key administrative personnel will be on leave, the ADOC will update its testing chart on Tuesday, April 28, 2020, with inmate testing data collected from the prior Friday through Monday.

COVID-19 Preparations

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) today confirmed an inmate at Elba Community Based Facility/Community Work Center (Elba) in Elba, Alabama, has tested positive for COVID-19. This represents the fourth confirmed and third active case of COVID-19 among our inmate population.

Following notification of the positive test, the inmate was relocated to Easterling Correctional Facility and placed in an isolation cell, where he will receive medial treatment.

Upon completing our consultation with the State Medical Director at Wexford Health Sources, ADOC’s contracted health services provider, the decision was made to quarantine inmates housed at Elba. Elba’s inmate population and staff will be monitored closely for signs and symptoms of COVID-19 to include taking and recording temperatures twice per day. Appropriate measures will be taken should an inmate become symptomatic in accordance with CDC guidelines for COVID-19.

Today, the ADOC accepted a community donation of 3,246 bars of antibacterial soap, 439 bottles of travel-size shampoo and conditioner, 71 tubes of toothpaste, 49 boxes of tissues, and seven bottles of hand sanitizer. The collection was coordinated by Alabamians for Fair Justice.

We extend our thanks and appreciation to Alabamians for Fair Justice and all those across our communities who donated hygiene supplies, which initially will be distributed strategically to inmates deemed as high-risk. As additional hygiene supplies are received, the ADOC will distribute them more broadly to inmates across our facilities.

COVID-19 Preparations

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) today announced an evolution of its COVID-19 inmate testing reporting schedule. Currently, updates are published every Tuesday and Friday by end of day. Moving forward, inmate testing data will be populated on the ADOC’s website every weekday, Monday through Friday, and will include aggregate information collected from the preceding 24-hour period. Inmate testing data published on Mondays will reflect data collected from the prior Friday through Sunday. The new reporting process begins today, April 21, 2020, and will continue as described herein until such time as additional changes are required.

The ADOC also has introduced a second online chart that outlines self-reported positive tests for COVID-19 among its staff. We have now been informed through self-reporting of two additional cases of COVID-19 among our staff – one at Staton Correctional Facility and another at Mobile Community Based Facility/Community Work Center. With the exception of these two new self-reported positive cases of COVID-19 among our staff, the employee data reflected in this new chart already has been shared publicly in previous COVID-19 updates.

Moving forward, the chart outlining the ADOC employees’ self-reported positive tests for COVID-19 will be updated every weekday, Monday-Friday, in conjunction with the inmate-testing data, and will include aggregate information collected from the preceding 24-hour period. ADOC employees’ self-reported positive cases data published on Mondays will reflect data gathered from the prior Friday through Sunday.

With the addition of this chart, which is specific to our employees, we want to provide clarity as to how positive cases of COVID-19 are verified among the ADOC’s staff. Please note that the ADOC does not test its staff for COVID-19, nor are we legally able to require staff testing as an employer. This is true of most public and private entities. If a staff member becomes symptomatic, he or she is responsible for contacting his or her physician, who subsequently will order a COVID-19 test, so long as certain Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) criteria are met. Per HIPPA regulations, the ADOC is not allowed to inquire about a staff member’s personal health conditions, including the results of a COVID-19 test. Staff members, of their own free will, can self-report a positive test result to our Office of Health Services.

When the ADOC verifies a positive test among our staff through self-reporting, we then can share a public update on the result – with no identifying personal information included. The ADOC certainly encourages (but absolutely cannot require) staff to self-report, as it allows our Office of Health Services to recommend any others who may have had direct, prolonged exposure to someone with a positive test to self-quarantine for the recommended 14-day period.

As a reminder, the ADOC’s staff members have been provided with and continue to utilize face masks and, where necessary, additional PPE to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our facilities. We anticipate that, in short order, all inmates will have been provided two (2) face masks produced at the factory plants at Holman Correctional Facility and Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women. Inmates’ masks will be cleaned daily. Our goal is to produce enough masks to provide each inmate with a total of four (4) masks for personal use.

The ADOC remains grateful for and proud of the heroic efforts of its correctional staff, who – in the face of a global epidemic – continue to show up each day to protect the safety and security of our staff, inmates, and the public. We thank you for your continued bravery and perseverance.

COVID-19 Preparations

The Alabama Department of Corrections’ (ADOC) Office of Health Services today confirmed two (2) inmates incarcerated at St. Clair Correctional Facility (St. Clair) in Springville, and one (1) inmate incarcerated at Bullock Correctional Facility (Bullock) in Union Springs have tested positive for COVID-19. These three positive tests are the first verified COVID-19 cases among ADOC’s inmate population. While working to verify this information, the ADOC has coordinated with and reported to the Alabama Department of Public Health. Unfortunately, one of these positive cases also is potentially the ADOC’s first COVID-19-related death.

Dave Thomas, a terminally ill, 66-year-old male serving a life-sentence for murder out of Randolph County, sadly passed away yesterday at local hospital less than 24 hours after testing positive for COVID-19. On April 4, Thomas was transferred to the local hospital from St. Clair to receive critical care related to his preexisting conditions, and was pronounced dead on April 16 presumedly due to a cardiovascular event. Thomas’ exact cause of death is pending an autopsy. The ADOC extends its sympathies to the Thomas family and his loved ones during this difficult time affecting so many across the world.

The second inmate who tested positive for COVID-19 at St. Clair, a 52-year-old male serving a 17-year sentence for manslaughter, has been transferred to a local hospital for treatment. The inmate who tested positive at Bullock, a 33-year-old serving a 10-year sentence for theft of property, is being treated and carefully monitored by his physicians.

Immediately following confirmation of the positive tests among ADOC’s inmate population at St. Clair and Bullock, a rapid response team was deployed to interview and follow up with staff and inmates who may have had direct, prolonged exposure to the positively tested inmates. Upon completing the appropriate due diligence, ADOC’s Office of Health Services consulted with Wexford Health Source’s state medical director and proceeded to quarantine a group of inmates out of one dormitory at St. Clair and quarantine an entire dormitory at Bullock. The dedicated quarantine zones at each of these facilities are fully operational. Correctional staff and quarantined inmates at St. Clair and Bullock have been provided necessary guidance and health education, as well as appropriate referrals to the Alabama Department of Public Health and other healthcare providers in the event they become symptomatic.

“In addition to the numerous, system-wide preventative and precautionary measures instituted to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our facilities, the ADOC has been aggressively preparing for this day, which was an inevitability based on what we are seeing across the country and world,” said ADOC Commissioner Jeff Dunn. “We’ve planned extensively, we’ve trained thoroughly, and now we are activating the containment strategies outlined in our Pandemic COOP to slow the spread of this virus and ensure we continue to protect all those who live and work in our facilities to the best of our ability.”

The ADOC continues to distribute face masks across the correctional system to staff and inmates, and anticipates by April 24 each inmate will have two (2) masks. We intend to continue production of face masks at our factory plants at Holman Correctional Facility and Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women until all inmates have been provided a total of four (4). We are continuing to source additional hygiene supplies and work with advocacy groups to obtain more hand sanitizer, among other needed items. Inmates also currently have access to liquid antibacterial soap.

To our staff, we remain grateful for your dedication, bravery, and heroic efforts during this challenging time. To the families of our staff and of the individuals in our custody, we ask for your patience and understanding – the numerous efforts we are making during this unprecedented national health crisis are designed to protect the safety and wellbeing of our staff and your loved ones.

The ADOC will continue the implementation of all current preventative measures, and will consider all new recommended guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other state and federal agencies as the COVID-19 situation evolves.

ADOC EXECUTIVE UPDATE: 4/16/20

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) continues its system-wide efforts to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 across its facilities, working in partnership with Governor Ivey’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), and various infectious disease control experts. As the COVID-19 situation evolves, we will consider all new recommended guidelines from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other state and federal agencies to best protect all those who live and work in our facilities.

Six (6) ADOC staff members have self-reported positive tests for COVID-19. To-date, zero (0) inmates have tested positive for COVID-19. Any inmates who exhibit signs or symptoms of the disease are evaluated by a physician, who will order a test for COVID-19 if appropriate CDC testing criteria are met. For the latest testing information, please click here: http://www.doc.alabama.gov/COVID19Testing. This information is updated every Tuesday and Friday.

On March 19, the ADOC temporarily suspended the following for a 30-day period:
  • All visitation, inmate passes, tours, and volunteer entry into our facilities
  • All non-emergent inmate community-physician appointments and procedures
  • All Work Release and Work Center Programs
  • General legal visits conducted in-person by attorneys with inmates

These programs and activities will remain suspended for an additional 30 days, or until such time as the Department deems it safe to resume.

Effective March 20, 2020, the Department placed a 30-day moratorium on new intakes from county jails, based on Governor Ivey’s declared State of Emergency related to COVID-19. This restriction includes, but is not limited to, new commitments, court returns, and parolees and probationers who are revoked or sanctioned to a dunk. During this time, the Department has continued to receive inmates with severe medical or mental health conditions, subject to the usual review process by the Department’s Office of Health Services. Additional health screenings have been implemented at the facility level to ensure these inmates are not symptomatic prior to entry.

The moratorium, which was implemented based upon recommendations from the CDC and aligned with numerous correctional systems across the country, is expected to end the week of April 20, 2020. Throughout the 30-day moratorium, the ADOC has closely reviewed its intake procedures and engaged in efforts to amend its intake process, placing a profound emphasis on safety and health in light of COVID-19.

As the ADOC cannot yet safely resume normal, system-wide intake processes, the Department intends to initiate a multi-stage intake pilot program to test and, however appropriate, modify this amended process over time. This pilot program is expected to begin next week, assuming no drastic changes in circumstances occur prior to its initiation. A multi-stage intake pilot program of this nature affords the Department an opportunity to evaluate the efficacy and safety of its amended intake process while still tracking and responding to the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19.

This amended process includes changes to the ADOC’s standard intake procedures and the identification of alternative intake sites, as well as the creation of spaces at those intake sites to screen, quarantine, and isolate inmates, if necessary. Because mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our facilities is paramount, this process also heavily relies on the expectation that county jails adequately follow, to the best of their ability, best practices and procedures as recommended by the CDC. These best practices include screening, testing, quarantining, and treating any inmates who test positive for COVID-19 or who directly are exposed to an individual who tests positive.

During stage one, this intake pilot program will allow the ADOC to accept an approximate maximum of 100 male and 20 female inmate cohorts over a two-day period, all of whom will be quarantined for a mandatory 14-day period. The Department will collaborate with each county to identify these inmates and will focus on receiving inmates who have been held in jails for more than 30 days since receipt and acceptance by the Department of the inmate’s transcript, as well as from county facilities with significant capacity limitations. The Department will not accept new intakes who are symptomatic of COVID-19. Additionally, the Department will not accept intakes from any jail facility that has had an inmate test positive for COVID-19 in the last 14 days prior to the planned transfer date, or any facility that currently is under quarantine due to a COVID-19 outbreak.

The Department will work with each county to develop an inmate transfer process that is mindful of best practices and allows for social distancing whenever possible. At the end of the 14-day quarantine period, the Department will reassess its intake procedures and consider any changes that will positively impact the process moving forward. Upon completion of this process evaluation, the Department will communicate with all counties regarding additional or modified procedures to the pilot program for the second round of new intakes.

New male intakes will be quarantined in the recently renovated vocational space, in the visitation building, and in a renovated portion of the main facility on the Draper Correctional Facility (Draper) campus. Appropriate health and security modifications have been made within the previously decommissioned area of Draper to safely house quarantined intakes. New female intakes will be quarantined in a facility on state property next to Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women where the Tutwiler sewing plant is located. Upon arrival at their respective intake quarantine facility, inmates will be provided with face masks before entering an intake holding area – one-by-one – to undergo medical screenings.

Maintaining the safety, security, and well-being of our overall system remains the ADOC’s highest priority. The Department appreciates the cooperation of the sheriffs and county commissions across Alabama, and is grateful for these partnerships during this unforeseen and challenging time.

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On Friday, April 3, 2020, the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) became aware that an AL.com reporter obtained – through highly unethical means – a proprietary and confidential copy of the ADOC’s Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP), dated April 1, 2020. The version obtained by AL.com was the most recent iteration of ADOC’s Pandemic COOP, which had been developed over a period of weeks in response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 pandemic and is a strategic planning document that continues to be modified as needed.

As Commissioner of the ADOC – the person charged with ensuring the safety, security, and well-being of the Department’s staff and the inmates remanded to our custody – I understand that strong leadership, particularly in times of crisis, necessitates the development of crisis plans that outline worst-case scenarios, which put organizational leadership in a more advantageous position to prevent those issues from manifesting to potential degrees of severity. Federal and state agencies, as well as private entities, conduct this type of responsible planning regularly.

On April 5, 2020, AL.com published an article entitled “Alabama prison system’s COVID-19 plan anticipates widespread infection, deaths, National Guard intervention.” In the article, the reporter outlines sensitive and confidential information contained in our Pandemic COOP, which many of ADOC’s team members have spent countless hours developing to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in our facilities. The story attempts to highlight two “worst-case scenarios” that were included in the plan for the purposes of scenario planning as “anticipated” or absolute outcomes, which is simply not the case. The publishing of this information in this manner was irresponsible and represents a lapse in good judgement during a national health emergency.

I do want to address the article’s content publicly – and will do so only once – as to ensure inmates, our correctional staff, and their loved ones have a clear and accurate understanding of my Department’s work and the progress we’ve made toward mitigating the spread of COVID-19 in our facilities:

  • We have not – nor has any other correctional system in the country – stockpiled critical resources, such as PPE, through the years. Even hospitals are struggling to obtain necessary supplies. With that said, we are working tirelessly to collect sufficient equipment to protect our inmates and staff, and I am proud of our Department’s efforts. Inmates at Holman Correctional Facility and Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women have been hard at work producing masks for distribution across our system, and we are partnering with advocacy groups to attain hygiene supplies. The ADOC will continue to pursue innovative solutions to best protect our staff and inmates.
  • As with any state agency or healthcare services provider, we must use statistical models like those outlined in our Pandemic COOP to predict what could happen if we do not mitigate the spread of COVID-19. These models ensure we move quickly where we must, prepare where and how we can, and do everything in our power to avoid worst possible outcomes from happening. That is what our team has been working nonstop to achieve, and that is the intended purpose of our COOP and preventative actions. Again, the scenarios in this plan are not absolutes.

In addition to COVID-19 preventative and mitigation efforts underway, my staff also is charged with working to maintain calm and provide reassurance not only to each other, but also to those in our custody who may be fearful. If you are not aware of the numerous preventative measures we’ve already instituted across our correctional system, please take a few minutes to review them on our website. This information will continue to be updated as it becomes available, and we are sharing this information with inmates regularly.

Finally, in the face of an unprecedented national health emergency, I want to express my public gratitude to and admiration for my staff. Every day, these brave individuals continue to show up and do their job in spite of these unusual and challenging conditions, and remain committed to this important work in the face of a global pandemic. Their bravery cannot and will not be discounted, and I am confident that those who work in corrections will go down in history as true heroes who helped maintain order in a time defined by the unknown. Every person who works for the ADOC is an inspiration to me, and I sincerely thank them for all they do and will continue to do. If you have a chance to thank a correctional officer or member of my staff for their heroic efforts during this trying time, please take the opportunity to do so.

Stay well, stay home, and stay hopeful.

ADOC Commissioner Jeff Dunn

COVID-19 Preparations

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) continues to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic closely, including the rising number of confirmed cases across the country and in Alabama, specifically. Working closely with Governor Ivey’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), the National Guard, and infectious disease control experts, we have instituted numerous preventative measures in order to mitigate the spread of the virus in our facilities. Many of the COVID-19 guidelines and protocol recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and ADPH already have been implemented.

As of 5 p.m., April 1, 2020, we are pleased to report that the ADOC does not have any confirmed cases of COVID-19 among our inmate population.

On March 30, 2020, the ADOC verified that a staff member who works at Staton Correctional Facility has tested positive for COVID-19. This individual is now self-quarantining for a 14-day period. This is the second positive COVID-19 test among ADOC’s workforce since the onset of the outbreak, the first of which occurred at St. Clair Correctional Facility and was verified on March 20.

The ADOC remains committed to maintaining transparency – without compromising security –throughout the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak, and has been working to aggregate relevant data to keep the public informed about the health and well-being of those who live and work in our facilities. Moving forward, we will continue to track statistical data as made available regarding COVID-19 testing on inmates. This information will be updated every Tuesday and Friday, and accessible via this webpage. To view the latest statistical data, please visit ADOC COVID-19 Testing.

Below, we have outlined additional preventative measures now in place and further measures in the process of being implemented. Also, below is an outline of ADOC’s new production program designed to provide our staff and inmate population with face masks considering the nationwide shortages and ongoing supply chain disruptions.

NEW ADOC FACE MASK PRODUCTION PROGRAM
  • The ADOC has created an opportunity to empower inmates to participate in our ongoing efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our facilities. ADOC plants at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women and Holman Correctional Facility have been modified to enable the production of face masks for our correctional staff and the inmate population. Last week, inmates were trained on how to sew protective masks, and production was initiated this week. The ADOC estimates that inmates working at these plants will be able to produce between 2,000 and 2,500 masks per day, which subsequently will be distributed across the correctional system for use.
  • The ADOC continues to source N95 masks, face shields, gloves, gowns, and other necessary PPE from public and private entities for healthcare staff who interact directly with inmates in our infirmaries.
NEW PREVENTATIVE MEASURES IN PLACE
  • The ADOC has established quarantine/isolation areas for inmates who exhibit symptoms of and are being tested for COVID-19 at each of its facilities.
  • The ADOC continues to test inmates exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 upon a physician’s order and approval (all returned tests have been negative to-date).
  • Additional supplies of hand sanitizer have been distributed to all correctional facilities and placed at key locations including points of entry into the facility and staffing posts.
  • Inmates are being provided additional hygiene products as needed, including bar soap.
  • In addition to temperature checks, we are enhancing our screening process by developing verbal screening measures recommended by the CDC for all those who attempt to enter our facilities.
  • Only mission-critical outside contractors will be permitted on ADOC premises (following screening protocols) to conduct vital repairs and maintenance.
  • All routine internal transfers have been suspended and protocols are under development for those who are considered exceptions due to important security and healthcare concerns.
  • The ADOC’s 30-day moratorium on new intakes continues – however, during this time, the Department will continue to receive inmates with severe medical or mental health conditions, subject to review by the Department’s Office of Health Services. Additional health screenings will be implemented at the facility level to ensure any intake is not symptomatic prior to entry into our facilities
  • An employee call-in program has been established to closely monitor absenteeism and security staffing levels at each facility.
  • In addition to posting flyers outlining CDC-recommended hygiene and safety protocols for inmates in our facilities, an ADOC-specific educational handout on COVID-19 has been developed for all inmates and will be distributed throughout the correctional system this week.
  • All laundry fees at community-based facilities have been waived; all charges since March 13 will be credited back to inmates.
  • The ADOC has cancelled the April 24 on-site recruitment event at Fountain Correctional Facility – future onsite recruitment events will be assessed as necessary
  • The ADOC is temporarily shifting to virtual recruiting, and actively will be hiring Basic Correctional Officers (BCO).
  • The Correctional Officer Trainee (COT) APOTSC Academy scheduled for May 4 has been cancelled – trainees will attend the next COT Academy slated for July 20.
  • ADOC Academy operations have been suspended until April 20.
PREVENTATIVE MEASURES UNDER REVIEW / IN PROGRESS
  • The ADOC is exploring the possibility of contract and community partnerships with various groups in order to obtain additional hygiene supplies that could be distributed to our inmate population – these discussions currently are in progress.
  • The ADOC is investigating options to purchase hand-washing stations for staff, which would be installed at strategic locations throughout correctional facilities.
  • Any inoperable sinks and toilets across the correctional system are in the process of being repaired.

While we currently have no inmates or additional staff who have tested positive for COVID-19, we recognize these circumstances rapidly could change. Armed with thorough and vetted COVID-19 treatment and containment protocols, the ADOC remains agile at the institution level to address individual cases and is positioned to move quickly to further secure our facilities to prevent spread. Protecting the safety, security, and well-being of our inmate population, correctional staff, and the public remains our highest priority.

Finally, the ADOC wishes to extend its gratitude to Governor Ivey’s COVID-19 task force, the ADPH, and National Guard, as well as our administrative employees, correctional staff, healthcare workers, and all others within our Department who continue to work tirelessly to prevent and mitigate the potential spread of this virus in our facilities. We recognize the disruption these measures have placed on our inmate population, inmates’ loved ones, and our staff, and ask for continued patience and understanding as we work together to navigate this unprecedented health emergency. As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we will consider all new recommended guidelines from the CDC, state and federal levels to best protect all those who live and work in our facilities.

ADOC COVID-19 Update

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) continues to take steps necessary to maintain the safety, security, and well-being of our inmate population, staff, and the public. The Department is working closely with Governor Ivey’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), and infectious disease control experts to mitigate the spread of the virus. Our continued and collective efforts have allowed for the implementation of new preventative practices and procedures in response to this rapidly evolving situation.

Effective today, the Department is placing a 30-day moratorium on new intakes from county jails based on Governor Ivey’s declared State of Emergency related to COVID-19. This restriction includes, but is not limited to, new commitments, court returns, and parolees and probationers who are revoked or sanctioned to a dunk. During this time, the Department will continue to receive inmates with severe medical or mental health conditions, subject to the usual review process by the Department’s Office of Health Services. However, additional health screenings will be implemented at the facility level to ensure any inmate is not symptomatic prior to entry. While the 30-day moratorium is in effect, the ADOC’s intake procedures will be reviewed closely and intake dorm space will be assessed thoroughly. At the end of this 30-day period, the Department will assess our interim intake process.

In addition to implementing system-wide preventative measures to prevent the virus from entering our facilities, the ADOC also is modifying internal protocols to best serve our inmate population who have been impacted by these altered processes and various safety precautions. Effective immediately, the ADOC will extend both inmate yard time and snack line services at all our facilities. Other protocol adjustments remain under consideration for possible implementation.

We are continuing to diligently monitor the situation, working closely with the ADPH and adhering to CDC-recommended health and hygiene guidelines. As noted yesterday, March 19, the ADOC has been notified that an administrative employee tested positive for COVID-19. All individuals within the Department who have been in direct contact with the individual who tested positive remain in a 14-day self-quarantine period, and are being monitored by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) for signs and symptoms due to direct exposure. Maintaining the safety, security, and well-being of our overall system remains the ADOC’s highest priority.

ADOC Administrative Employee Tests Positive for COVID-19

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) has been notified that an administrative employee tested positive for COVID-19. This is the first confirmed case within the ADOC. Due to HIPAA restrictions and security concerns, the ADOC will not release the name of the individual or the facility at which they work. As of this release, there are no positive COVID-19 cases reported within the inmate population. We will continue to closely monitor inmate health at all facilities.

All individuals within the Department who have been in direct contact with the individual who tested positive are now in self-quarantine for a 14-day period, and will be monitored by the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) for signs and symptoms due to direct exposure. Maintaining the safety, security, and well-being of our inmate population, staff, and the public remains the ADOC’s highest priority, and the Department will continue to work closely with Governor Ivey’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force, the ADPH, and infectious disease control experts to take necessary precautions to mitigate any potential spread of the virus.

“The ADOC has been actively preparing for the spread of COVID-19 throughout Alabama, which allowed us to quickly put in place necessary preventive measures and protocols to best protect our staff and inmate population,” said Commissioner Jeff Dunn. “Unfortunately, no one is immune to this virus. The physical state of our facilities and our crowded inmate populations are additional challenges we are working diligently to address as we navigate the evolving COVID-19 outbreak. The entire Department is focused on reducing the potential impact of this disease on our correctional system, while maintaining critical operational, rehabilitative, heath, and mental health services.”

The ADOC has the ability to test inmates within the facilities; however, testing will only occur after the ADPH approves a physician’s order. System-wide preventative measures in place include temperature screening of all staff prior to entering the facilities, increased sanitization of facilities with CDC-recommended cleaning supplies, and the suspension of visitation, general legal visits, and work-release and work-center programs. The Department is also minimizing internal transfers of inmates on a case-by-case basis.

Due to the unique aspects of each of our facilities and their respective populations, the ADOC remains agile at the institution level in addressing any potential case of COVID-19. We will continue to closely monitor the spread of COVID-19, and make additional operational and preventative decisions as the situation evolves. The Department remains focused on maintaining the safety and security of the inmate population, the staff, and the public at-large above all else.

Through the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak, the ADOC will post all public updates for family and friends of incarcerated individuals, as well as the media, on COVID-19 News Updates.

ADOC PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT: COVID-19

Maintaining the safety, security, and well-being of our inmate population, staff, and the public is the Alabama Department of Corrections’ (ADOC) highest priority. The ADOC has been working closely with Governor Kay Ivey’s Coronavirus (COVID-19) Task Force, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), and numerous infectious disease control experts to prepare for and prevent the potential spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and the disease it causes, COVID-19, which could significantly impact our operations.

The ADOC recognizes that the proactive, preventative measures we are implementing will be disruptive – particularly for inmates’ families. Rest assured that all inmates in our custody will continue to be provided with the services to which they are entitled, including rehabilitative, medical, dental, and mental health, through the duration of the COVID-19 outbreak. We ask for your patience and understanding, knowing that the changes in how you are able to see or interact with your incarcerated loved ones are temporary and have been put in place for the sole purpose of protecting them and those around them. Although this situation is unprecedented in our lifetimes, we will take all necessary actions to protect staff, inmates and the public.

There currently are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 within any ADOC facilities. Below is an overview of the system-wide preventative measures that have been in place to help ensure we keep this disease from impacting our correctional system:

  • All visitation, inmate passes, tours, and volunteer entry into our facilities are suspended statewide for 30 days.
  • All inmates will be provided one free call per week (up to 15 minutes) and extended hours of availability.
  • All inmate co-pays (including for medical services not directly related to COVID-19) are suspended for 60 days.
  • All non-emergent inmate community physician appointments and procedures are suspended for 30 days.
  • The ADOC is working with local oncologists to ensure inmates who require chemotherapy continue to receive treatment.
  • Inmate transfers between facilities are suspended (security and healthcare exceptions may be granted)
  • Vocational classes offered to inmates through J.F. Ingram State Technical College will be closed from March 17 – April 3, 2020.
  • General legal visits conducted in-person by attorneys with inmates will be suspended for 30 days. Requests by counsel for an in-person meeting due to urgent matters will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Attorney visits also will be accommodated by confidential phone calls.
  • All Work-Release and Work-Center Programs are suspended for 30 days – no offsite assignments will be permitted.
  • The correctional officer candidate on-site testing event scheduled to occur at Bibb Correctional Facility on March 20, 2020 is postponed until further notice.
  • All senior leadership and regional trainings are postponed.
  • ADOC Academy will continue operations at this time, with proper precautionary measures in place to protect trainees and staff.
  • In the coming days, all staff will be screened prior to entering the facilities by having their temperature taken. If the individual’s temperature is greater than 100.4, they will be restricted from entering the institution that day. All employees will have temperature screening at the beginning of each shift statewide.
  • The ADOC must maintain critical services; however, any staff who can perform their job functions remotely will be asked to do so per Governor Ivey’s recommendations. This will be implemented at the facility level by March 18, 2020.
  • CDC- and ADPH-approved signage detailing preventative recommendations, signs, and symptoms of COVID-19, and other helpful information is being posted throughout ADOC facilities.
  • All ADOC facilities will be sanitized with CDC-recommended cleaning supplies at an increased frequency to reduce the spread of virulent matter.

Information on these preventative measures is being communicated proactively with inmates via the inmate newsletter and bulletin boards within the facility. The Department also is communicating continuously with staff via numerous avenues.

Due to the unique aspects of each of our facilities and their respective populations, the ADOC remains agile at the institution level regarding how we will address any potential case of COVID-19 based on the factors and risks related to individual cases. We are closely monitoring the spread of COVID-19, and will be making additional operational and preventative decisions as this situation continues to evolve while keeping our primary directive – maintaining the safety and security of our inmate population, staff, and the public – top of mind at all times. The ADOC will continue to post all public updates for family and friends of incarcerated individuals, as well as the media, on this website page.

Coronavirus Preparation Memo (pdf)
ADPH Coronavirus Response Matrix (pdf)