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Alabama Department of Corrections COVID-19 update


MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The ADOC has confirmed that eight inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 as of July 31.

  • Bullock Correctional Facility (Union Springs, Alabama) – one inmate
  • Draper Quarantine Intake Facility (Elmore, Alabama) – two inmates
  • Elmore Correctional Facility (Elmore, Alabama) – one inmate
  • St. Clair Correctional Facility – three inmates
  • Staton Correctional Facility (Elmore, Alabama) – one inmate

Newly identified positive cases include inmates who are symptomatic and inmates who are asymptomatic. 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 newly identified positive inmates are currently housed.

Two hundred fifteen total cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among our inmate population, 58 of which remain active.

James Cowan, a 74-year-old inmate who was serving a 25-year sentence for murder out of Montgomery County at St. Clair Correctional Facility in Springville, Alabama, passed away on Aug. 1.

Cowan, who was housed in St. Clair’s infirmary, was transferred to a local hospital for additional care related to multiple severe underlying medical conditions. He was tested for COVID-19 upon admission to the hospital on July 24 and returned a positive test result on July 26. He remained under the care of the local hospital until his passing.

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) was informed via self-reporting that six (6) staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 as of 12 p.m. on Aug. 3:

  • Birmingham Community Based Facility/Community Work Center (Birmingham, Alabama) – one staff member
  • Donaldson Correctional Facility (Bessemer, Alabama) – one staff member
  • Holman Correctional Facility (Atmore, Alabama) – one staff member
  • Kilby Correctional Facility (Montgomery, Alabama) – one staff member
  • Limestone Correctional Facility (Harvest, Alabama) – one staff member
  • Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women (Wetumpka, Alabama) – one staff member

These individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their 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 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 as advised.

One hundred thirty-two COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. One hundred seventy-five staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.


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