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Correctional Facilities

Reporting Positive Results and Related Deaths in Correctional Facilities

All Correctional and Detention Facilities will use the COVID-19 Correctional Facility Investigation Form to report all COVID-19 positive results and related deaths of incarcerated or detained individuals. This form will be used by any facility that houses incarcerated or detained persons including state/federal prisons, jails, department of youth services, work releases, and correctional based group homes. The Correctional Facility Investigation Form is the only reporting form that should be completed for incarcerated or detained individuals. Continue to report positive results and deaths of staff on the COVID-19 Report Card above. 

Facilities conducting Point of Care testing on site will report the result including the test method on the investigation form to satisfy the reporting requirement. Facilities that continue to use commercial laboratories for testing will rely on the performing laboratory to report all negative and positive COVID-19 virus test results electronically (faxes do not count). If not already enrolled, laboratories will need to manually enter test results directly into the surveillance system; contact to enroll staff today.

Managing the Introduction, Spread, and Mitigation of COVID-19 in Correctional Facilities 

The Alabama Department of Public Health recommends that correctional and detention facilities follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for assistance in managing the introduction, spread, and mitigation of COVID-19 in their facilities.

CDC has provided comprehensive Interim Guidance on Management of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Correctional and Detention Facilities (last revised January 19, 2021). The guidance includes recommended best practices for all such facilities, regardless of size. CDC has also posted Interim Considerations for SARS-CoV-2 Testing in Correctional and Detention Facilities (updated December 3, 2020);  Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Correctional Facilities and Detention Facilities, applicable to administrators, staff, incarcerated persons, and family members (updated January 25, 2021); and COVID-19 Vaccine FAQs in Correctional and Detention Centers (updated January 11, 2021).

Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Law enforcement personnel who must make contact with individuals suspected or confirmed of having COVID-19 should follow CDC’s What Law Enforcement Personnel Need to Know about Coronavirus Disease 2019 (updated November 6, 2020) and FAQs for Law Enforcement Agencies and Personnel (updated December 3, 2020).

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Page last updated: May 13, 2021