As of November 20, there have been 18,109 confirmed cases of COVID-19 throughout the CDCR system. Of those cases, 15,556 have been resolved while 2,001 remain active in custody. There have been 83 deaths throughout all facilities.
- There has been a surge in testing and newly reported cases across CDCR, indicating that cases have been lingering in facilities for long but have gone undetected. On Nov. 2, CDCR reported nearly 600 total active cases and 24,000+ total tests administered in the 14-day period prior to it. Since, Nov. 2, 35,000+ total tests have been administered and the active in custody count has risen to 2,000. Nearly 1,400 new cases have been identified. It appears that increased testing is only uncovering the true extent of COVID-19’s spread in CDCR.
- High Desert State Prison (HDSP) reported 82 new cases overnight. The facility now has a total of 423 confirmed cases with 418 cases active in custody. From Oct. 23 – Nov. 6, HDSP conducted only 262 tests, but they conducted 3,227 tests over the last two weeks. This increase of 2,965 tests, suggests an upward trend in testing. This is the largest increase in testing at any facility throughout CDCR over the last two weeks.
- Substance Abuse and Treatment Facility reported 45 new cases overnight, making 564 total active cases. Between Oct. 23 – Nov. 6, they conducted 1,480 tests, but over the last two weeks, 3,483 tests were administered.
- Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) reported 42 new cases overnight. They now have 119 cases active in custody.
Note: The definition of tested aligns with that prescribed by Johns Hopkins University. The tested count reported by a facility includes the total number of tests for which results have returned and not the total number of tests administered.
Source: The California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR) reports COVID-19 information through a daily dashboard that is accessible here – https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/covid19/population-status-tracking/.
Reporting by Julietta Bisharyan, Nick Gardner, Jaskiran Soomal, Mengyu Yang & Aparna Komarla