Santa Rita Jail Reports a Third COVID-19 Active Case in Custody – Breaking Down COVID-19 in CA Jails

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(Page 1: San Francisco County Jails, Page 2-4: Santa Rita Jail, Page 5: Sacramento County Jails, Page 6: Santa Clara County Jails, Page 7: LA County Jails, Page 8: OC Jails, Page 9 & 10: BSCC Data – All County Jails & Juvenile Detention Facilities)

Daily updates on the COVID-19 crisis in California’s county jail system:

1. Alameda County Jail (Santa Rita Jail) – Highlights
As of Dec. 2, another positive asymptomatic COVID-19 case has emerged at SRJ – bringing the total active positive cases count to three. Two of these cases are asymptomatic, while one is symptomatic. However, Minimal testing, poor quarantine protocols, and lack of proper testing suggest that there may be more active cases than what Alameda County Sheriff’s Office (ACSO) reports. 

  • As of Dec. 2, HU 9 A has been quarantined due to a patient presenting symptoms on Dec. 1. It is scheduled to be released on Dec. 16 unless the index case tests negative.
  • HU 21 A has been released from quarantine due to the index case testing negative. This housing unit has been in quarantine for a total of three days.
  • ACSO reports that HU 24 D has an extended quarantine until Dec. 16 due to another patient presenting symptoms on Dec. 1.
  • HU 9B remains quarantined due to a patient presenting symptoms on Dec. 1. It is scheduled to be released on Dec. 16.
  • ACSO reports six current positive staff/contractor cases – showing no change from Dec. 1. There has been a total of 65 staff/contractor cases. A total number of 59 have recovered.
  • The SRJ population is currently 2197, a decrease of 9 people from Dec. 1.
  • 5779 tests have been conducted to date, showing an increase of 37 tests from Dec. 1. ACSO reports 43 pending tests.
  • The weekly testing rate remains low and has not shown any improvement. 7 percent of the jail population was tested within the seven-day period prior to Nov. 26. In the past week, 7 percent of the jail population was tested.
  • SRJ currently has 186 orange patients — a decrease of one person from Dec. 1. Orange patients are currently healthy but considered at increased risk for COVID-19 according to the SRJ patient color coding system outlined in the SRJ COVID-19 Outbreak Control Plan.
  • SRJ currently has 12 red patients, — a decrease of two people from Dec. 1. Red patients include both patients with COVID-19 symptoms awaiting test results and patients with positive COVID-19 results, and will be released individually from OPHU, HU8A or HU8C when cleared by medical.

Source: The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office updates their website daily with COVID-19 case and testing numbers from the jail. Darby Aono, a Berkeley Law student, has been recording the daily reports in a spreadsheet going back to early spring. 

2. San Francisco County Jails – Highlights
As of Dec. 2, there is only one active COVID-19 case in custody. 

8 individuals have recovered while in custody, out of 76 cumulative cases. There are 143 persons in quarantine, of which 96 are in medical isolation.

Overall, there have been 6,909 total bookings since April, an increase in 362 persons since mid-November. 7,530 cumulative tests have been administered thus far. This does not reflect the total number of individuals tested, since the same person can be tested more than once.

Since the pandemic emerged, SF Sheriff’s Office has released the majority of its 76 confirmed cases — 66 positive individuals were released. SFSO continues to display an increasing trend of such releases. This strategy has aided SF jails in keeping their active cases under control unlike other counties in California.  

Currently, the incarcerated population is 775 people. The population has consistently remained under 850 people since April, another positive sign of strict COVID-19 control. 

3. Solano County – Highlights
Solano County Jail
As of Aug. 17, there is 1 active case of COVID-19 in the jail. Since testing began in June, there have been five total confirmed cases. 421 total tests have been administered, 137 more than last week.

Solano Juvenile Detention Center
As of Aug. 17, there are still no confirmed cases in JDF. All individuals are tested at intake and are able to request another test if necessary.

4. Yolo County – Highlights
Yolo County Jail
As of Oct. 12, there are no confirmed cases from a total of 53 tests administered in the jail. The jail population is currently 208, a slight increase since the last recorded population count on August 3, which was 193 persons. 1 person is in medical isolation in the jail.

Yolo County Juvenile Hall
As of July 13, Juvenile Hall reported one positive case out of the 24 tests conducted.

  • According to Yolo County Counsel, Phil Pogledich, “The one positive case is for a youth that tested at a local hospital before he was detained”. 
  • Data shows that the youth who tested positive was released while he was still COVID-19 active.

5. Sacramento County – Highlights
(Sacramento Main Jail & Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center)

As of November 18, there are 121 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Sacramento County Jail system. 

  • Since Nov. 11, there have been 6 active cases in the Main Jail, a 14% decrease from the last week, and no cases in Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center (RCCC). RCCC has continuously reported no confirmed COVID-19 cases.
  • There are currently 3,156 incarcerated people in both jails. 
  • Since last week, there has been a 5% increase in cumulative tests conducted.
  • There was no data provided this week for the number of active cases released from custody and the number of resolved cases.
  • Sacramento Jail’s COVID-19 cover-up – https://www.davisvanguard.org/2020/08/sacramento-jails-covid-19-coverup-public-information-violations/

6. LA County – Highlights
LA Jail:
As of Sept. 14, there are 49 active cases of COVID-19 in the LA jail system.

  • Of the 49 active cases of the virus within the jail, 42 individuals are symptomatic and 7 asymptomatic. Since testing began, 2888 individuals have recovered from COVID-19 and 265 individuals were released while active. 
  • The total number of incarcerated people tested is approximately 23,058.
  • Since yesterday, 39 new individuals have been booked into the jail, and 51 have been released.
  • There are 43 results pending and 85 incarcerated people in medical isolation.

Note: According to LASD, isolation is designated for individuals with a temperature of 100.4 or higher, or exhibiting certain flu-like symptoms consistent with an upper respiratory infection. All patients in isolation/under observation have either tested positive or are pending results. Further, quarantine is designated for individuals who have had close contact with someone pending test results or a positive patient.

7. Orange County – Highlights
As of Sept. 15, there have been 556 total COVID-19 cases in the Orange County Jail. 

  • Currently, there are 19 active cases in the jail and 72 results pending.
  • At this time, there are 19 incarcerated people in medical isolation due to exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms.
  • There have been no significant increase in COVID-19 cases.

8. Santa Clara County – Highlights
As of Tuesday, December 1, 2020, there are 3 active cases in the Santa Clara county jail system

  • The jail population is currently at 2221 people — a decrease of 19 people from Monday, Nov. 30. The population has reached its peak size since April. Prior to mid-November, for a few months, it was consistently around 2150.
  • Since Friday, there have been 7 positive test results. Between Nov. 25 to Nov. 28, there was 1 positive test result reported every day. On Nov. 29, there were 2 positive tests, and there was 1 positive result yesterday. A total of 11,504 tests have been completed since the pandemic emerged.
  • So far, there have been 209 cumulative cases. There has been a slow increase in cases since Nov. 19. Concerns from incarcerated people at Elmwood CC in Milpitas Santa Clara County suggest that testing, sanitation, and quarantine protocols are not thorough enough to protect them from COVID-19. 

Sources:
Alameda County: County Sheriff’s Office updates their website at the end of the day with case and testing numbers from the jail —https://www.alamedacountysheriff.org/admin_covid19.php.
SF County: Director of Communications, San Francisco Sheriff’s Office.
Information on booking statistics: https://app.powerbigov.us/view?r=eyJrIjoiNmJhNmM4NDYtNWUxZi00N2FiLWIxNWItMTA3ZDc2MzY4OWEyIiwidCI6IjIyZDVjMmNmLWNlM2UtNDQzZC05YTdmLWRmY2MwMjMxZjczZiJ9
Information on COVID-19 cases in jails: https://www.sfsheriff.com/covid-19-jail-sfso-staff-data 
Solano County: Deputy Leron Cummings, the Public Information Officer, Solano County Sheriff’s Office and Shai Davis, Public Information Officer, Solano County Public Health Office.
Yolo County: Lieutenant Matt Davis, Yolo County Sheriff’s Department and Philip Pogledich, Yolo County Counsel
LA County: Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department Custody Division COVID-19 Fact Sheet: https://lasd.org/covid19updates/
Orange County: Orange County Sheriff’s Department: https://www.ocsd.org/about_ocsd/covid_19
Santa Clara County: Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office:
https://www.sccgov.org/sites/sheriff/COVID19/Pages/Population-COVID-19-Tracking.aspx
Sacramento County: Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office:
https://www.sacsheriff.com/Pages/Organization/Corrections/COVID19.aspx
Board of State & Community Corrections (BSCC): On July 15, BSCC Chair, Linda Penner,  requested Sheriffs and Chief Probation Officers to release weekly COVID-19 data for jails and Youth Detention Facilities. This database remains incomplete as many facilities have refused to comply. Further, it does not contain historical data prior to July 20.
http://www.bscc.ca.gov/covid-19-data-dashboard-landing-page/

By Tiffany Devlin, Alana Bleimann, Ozge Terzioglu, Angela Khov & Aparna Komarla

Contact: Aparna Komarla (apkomarla@ucdavis.edu)

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