Another Loxley work release employee tests positive for COVID on Monday


LOXLEY, Alabama — An employee at the Loxley Community Based Facility/Community Work Center was among five staff members who self-reported to the Alabama Department of Corrections as of noon Monday, Aug. 10 to test positive for COVID-19.

Two staff members at the Loxley-based facility also self-reported as having tested positive last week. In addition to the Loxley staff member, two staff members at the Fountain Correctional Facility in Atmore self-reported to the ADOC on Monday; along with one each at the Alabama Corrections Academy in Selma and Donaldson Correctional Facility in Bessemer.

“These individuals promptly self-quarantined under the direction of their healthcare provider,” according to the release issued Monday.

The ADOC’s Office of Health Services 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.

As of Monday’s release, 135 COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff and contracted staff remain active, while 200 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 inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 as of Aug. 7, one at the Alex City Community Based Facility/Community Work Center in Alexander City, one at the Elmore Correctional Facility; and one at the St. Clair Correctional Facility in Springville.

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.

A total of 238 cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed among the state’s inmate population, 55 of which remain active.