DOC inmates at two facilities now making masks for staff and inmates

Updated: Apr. 1, 2020 at 9:50 PM CDT
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ELMORE COUNTY, Ala. (WSFA) - The Alabama Department of Corrections says inmates at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women and Holman Correctional Facility have begun to make face masks for correctional staff and inmates.

This is part of what the department of corrections outlined as additional preventative measures now in place along with further measures to be implemented in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The department of corrections estimates that inmates will be able to make between 2,000 and 2,500 masks per day.

The ADOC continues to source N95 masks, face shields, gloves, gowns, and other necessary PPE from public and private entities for healthcare staff who interact directly with inmates in our infirmaries.

Wednesday, the ADOC said a staff member at Staton Correctional Facility in Elmore County has tested positive for the coronavirus.

The staff member is now self-quarantining for 14 days. According to the ADOC, this is the second staff member to test positive for the coronavirus. The first was from St. Clair Correctional Facility.

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The ADOC says there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 among its inmate population.

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