James Cowan, a 74-year-old inmate, at St. Clair Correctional Facility, died Saturday, Aug. 1 due to COVID-19.
Cowan, who was housed in St. Clair’s infirmary, was transferred to a local hospital for additional care related to multiple severe underlying medical conditions according to a press release. He was tested for COVID-19 upon admission to the hospital on July 24 and received a positive test result. He remained under the care of the local hospital until his passing.
Cowan was serving a 25-year sentence for murder.
As of July 31, St. Clair Correctional Facility has three inmates who currently have ricked a positive COVID test.
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.
The Alabama Department of Corrections has reported 215 cases of COVID in the inmate population, 58 of which remain active.