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14th Alabama inmate dies after testing positive for COVID-19

A 47-year-old man serving at the St. Clair Correctional Facility became the 14th Alabama inmate to die after testing positive for COVID-19, the Alabama Department of Corrections said Monday.

Wilson Roosevelt Conner, who had multiple underlying conditions including end-stage renal disease, died Friday, the department said in a press release. He was tested for COVID-19 on July 13 and was taken to a local hospital for treatment, the test results came back positive on July 15, and he died there two days later.

Meanwhile, 14 more inmates have tested positive for coronavirus, ADOC also said Monday, including nine at Draper prison’s quarantine intake facility, three at Fountain Correctional Facility and two at St. Clair prison. Of the 160 confirmed cases among incarcerated people, 107 remain active, according to ADOC.

Of the state’s approximately 21,000 inmates, 634 had been tested as of Monday.

Ten more prison workers have self-reported positive COVID-19 test results as well, ADOC said. Three workers at Fountain prison, one at the Alabama Corrections Academy, one at Bullock Correctional Facility, another at Birmingham Community Based Facility/Community Work Center, one at Holman Correctional Facility, one at Mobile Community Based Facility/Community Work Center, one at St. Clair prison and another at Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women all tested positive for the virus.

Of the 241 total confirmed cases among prison staff, 104 remained active Monday, according to the department. Two prison workers at Tutwiler prison have died after testing positive for COVID-19.

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Eddie Burkhalter is a reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter. You can email him at [email protected] or reach him via Twitter.

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