A Visual Timeline of COVID-19 in CDCR’s San Quentin

By Nikki Suzani, Julietta Bisharyan & Mella Bettag

This visualization is created by the Covid In-Custody Project — an independent journalism project that partners with the Davis Vanguard to bring reporting on the pandemic in California’s county jails and Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) to the public eye. Visit our website to view and download raw data on cases, testing, releases and vaccinations. 

COVID-19 in San Quentin (May to July 2020)

May 30th 2020: Chico Transfer 
121 people are transferred from California Institute for Men (CIM) to San Quentin without prior testing

May 31st 2020: First Positive Case 
First COVID-19 positive case is reported at San Quentin

June 21st 2020: 10 Times Higher – Outbreak Begins
Within a week, cases increase from 49 to 504.

June 24th 2020: Breaking 1 Thousand 
Over 1000 cases confirmed at San Quentin

July 1st 2020: State Senate Hearing 
Corrections officials are questioned on their leadership and decision-making regarding the transfer of individuals from CIM, the main source of the outbreak at San Quentin

July 3rd 2020: Two COVID-19 Death on Death Row 

July 4th 2020: Fifth COVID-19 Death on Death Row 

July 7th, 2020: Peak Active Cases Count 
1635 positive cases at San Quentin.

July 8th, 2020: First Decrease > 100 
There are 214 less active cases from July 7th.

July 9th, 2020: Setting up Tents 
Medical tents are set up to treat those affected.

July 15th, 2020: Testing Count Peaks 

July 21st, 2020: Ninth COVID-19 Death on Death Row 

About The Author

The Covid In-Custody Project partners with the Davis Vanguard to report on the pandemic's impact on California's county jails and state prisons. See www.covidincustody.org for more information.

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