ATMORE, Ala. (WKRG) — The Alabama Department of Corrections has confirmed a staff member employed at Holman Correctional facility has tested positive for COVID-19.
The staff member self-reported the positive result on Wednesday, and self-quarantined under the direction of the employee’s healthcare provider.
The ADOC has not released where the employee worked.
The ADOC says their Office of Health Services investigated to see which, if any, ADOC inmates or employees may have had direct, prolonged exposure to the staff member. 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 is the 17th self-reported case of COVID-19 among ADOC’s employees and contracted staff. 12 are still active, five have been cleared by a medical provider to return to work.
FULL RELEASE FROM THE ADOC:
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.