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MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Jonathan Mallory, a 33-year-old inmate who was serving a 20-year sentence for first-degree assault and a 25-year sentence for first-degree robbery out of Calhoun County at Fountain Correctional Facility in Atmore, Alabama, passed away on Aug. 27.

Mallory was admitted to a local hospital for treatment of an unrelated medical condition on July 10. He tested negative for COVID-19 upon admission. He was retested for COVID-19 on July 16 and returned a positive result. He remained under the care of the hospital until his passing.

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) has confirmed that ten inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Aug. 28:

  • Elmore Correctional Facility (Elmore, Alabama) – three inmates
  • Holman Correctional Facility (Atmore, Alabama) – six inmates
  • Clair Correctional Facility (Springville, 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.

The ADOC was informed via self-reporting that three (3) staff members have tested positive for COVID-19 as of 12:00 p.m. on Aug. 31:

  • Holman Correctional Facility – two staff members
  • Ventress Correctional Facility (Clayton, 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.

Thirty-three COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active. Three hundred twenty-nine staff members who previously self-reported a positive test have been cleared by medical providers to return to work.

The ADOC continues to evaluate and refine its COVID-19 reporting protocols to maintain a sustainable model for sharing accurate and transparent information in a timely manner. In our ongoing evaluations, we thoroughly consider the daily burden on key medical staff as it relates to examining, vetting, and reporting COVID-19 data, particularly as our testing capabilities have increased over time.

To ensure both continued accuracy of information and a reasonable daily burden on our staff, moving forward the ADOC will now produce external COVID-19 reports on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. These reports will provide a clear snapshot of the disease’s impact on our entire system and reflect data from 48 hours prior to their release.

We will continue to update our COVID-19 website dashboard in conjunction with the release of our external reports.

 


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