Guidance for Correctional Facilities
Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) Outbreak
The Alabama Department of Public Health recommends that correctional facilities follow the guidance of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) in screening, diagnosing and treating for COVID-19, just as in the local community. This includes the use of universal precautions by health care personnel, laboratory testing, and isolation and appropriate treatment of clinically ill patients, including transport to community hospitals for advanced treatment when necessary.
CDC guidance for the best practices concerning COVID-19 is still rapidly evolving. Visit the CDC for infection prevention and control recommendations and additional information for healthcare personnel. The most up-to-date information about COVID-19 in Alabama may be found at Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19).
Law Enforcement Personnel
Law enforcement personnel who must make contact with individuals suspected or confirmed of having COVID-19 should follow the CDC’s Interim Guidance for EMS.
Many correctional systems have developed pandemic flu plans. Guidance and tools developed for pandemic influenza planning and preparedness can be readily adapted to COVID-19 and revised as we learn more about this disease. The Federal Bureau of Prisons has a seasonal influenza plan. See Modules 1-4 of the Pandemic Influenza Plan.
- Recommendations for COVID-19 Protocols in Alabama Jails (March 16, 2020)
- Federal Bureau of Prison’s COVID-18 Action Plan (March 13, 2020)
- National Commission on Correctional Health Care (NCCHC) - COVID-19: What You Need to Know in Corrections (updated March 16, 2020)
- COVID-19 in Corrections
- COVID-19 Q&A with the Field
- Standard on Infectious Disease Prevention and Control
- Coronavirus COVID-19 and the Correctional Facility for the Correctional Health Care Worker
- Coronavirus for Justice-Involved Persons
- Coronavirus for Correctional Facility Administrators
- Guidance for Coronavirus Clinical Care in Corrections
- CDC Correctional Health Recommendations and Guidance
Page last updated: April 7, 2020