89 Medically Vulnerable Patients Vaccinated at Santa Rita Jail – Breaking Down COVID-19 in CA Jails


(Page 1 & 2: Santa Rita Jail, Page 3 & 4: San Francisco County Jails, Page 5: Sacramento County Jails, Page 6: Sacramento County Juvenile Hall, Page 7 & 8: Santa Clara County 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 March 2, there are 4 active COVID-19 cases in custody – two asymptomatic and two symptomatic. Minimal testing, poor quarantine protocols, and lack of proper testing suggest that there may be more cases than ACSO reports. There are three housing pods quarantined. 

  • ACSO reports no current positive staff/contractor cases. There have been a total of 109 such cases, all of which have now recovered.
  • SRJ’s population is currently 2234 people, showing a decrease of 18 people since March 1.
  • 9437 tests have been conducted to date – showing an increase of 76 tests since March 1. ACSO reports 85 pending tests.
  • While the weekly testing rate has historically been low, it has decreased by three percent. 15 percent of the jail population was tested within the seven-day period prior to Feb. 24. In the past week, approximately 12 percent of the jail population was tested. 
  • SRJ has 190 orange patients – showing a decrease of one person since March 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 has 16 red patients – showing an increase of two people since March 1. Red patients have COVID-19 symptoms but are not COVID-19 positive.
  • SRJ also has 4 dark red patients – showing no change since March 1. Dark red patients have positive COVID-19 test results.
  • Red and dark red patients are released individually from their respective housing locations (Outpatient Housing Unit (OPHU), HU8A or HU8C) when cleared by medical.
  • While HU 32 D, E, and F remains quarantined due to a patient presenting symptoms on March 1. They are scheduled to be released from quarantine on March 15 unless the index case tests negative. (Last quarantined on Feb. 22– just nine days ago.)
  • Currently, 138 incarcerated people were offered the first dose of the vaccine, of which 89 have accepted, i.e. 64 percent. Those with underlying illnesses that make them vulnerable to developing complications associated with COVID-19 are prioritized under the distribution framework.
  • The vaccine acceptance rate among clinical staff is 60 percent– only 113 of 201 staff have consented.

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 March 1, there is only one active case in custody. There have been 132 total confirmed cases since April, of which 15 individuals recovered while in custody.  

There are 205 persons in quarantine, of which 26 are in medical isolation.  Since Feb. 18, the quarantine cases have increased by 72, and the isolated cases have decreased by 98 persons. 

Overall, there have been 9,567 total bookings since April, an increase of 107 persons since Feb 26.  12,776 cumulative tests have been administered thus far.

Since the pandemic emerged, SF Sheriff’s Office has released the majority of confirmed positive cases — as of Mar. 1, 118 positive individuals were released while active — 2 more than the last update on Feb. 26. SFSO continues to display an increasing trend of such releases. This strategy has aided SF jails in keeping their active cases under strict control unlike other counties in California.  

As of Mar. 1, the incarcerated population is 846 people, an increase of 42 persons since Feb. 26. The population had consistently remained below 750 for the last few months, but crossed 850 and has show consistent increments since mid-February.

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 out of 53 total 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 Feb. 25, there are 1,795 cumulative confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the Sacramento County Jail system. 

  • During the week of Feb. 17, 48 active cases were reported in the Main Jail and 102 cases in the Rio Cosumnes Correctional Center (RCCC).
  • The Main Jail reported 21 active cases and RCCC reported 51 during the week of Feb. 10, reflecting a 129 percent and 100 percent increase to the present day respectively.
  • In early January, both facilities experienced massive outbreaks. Cases at the Main Jail increased by 550 percent while cases doubled and then tripled at RCCC reaching 234. 
  • Total population of both jails is 3,328 people, a decrease of 18 since last week.
  • 661 new tests were administered within the last week, meaning that about 20 percent of the total jail population was newly tested during this time.
  • There was no data provided this week on the number of active cases released from custody and the number of resolved cases.
  • 16 youth were tested between during the week of Feb. 13 but there are no active cases in custody. 
  • Sacramento Jail’s COVID-19 cover-up – https://www.davisvanguard.org/2020/08/sacramento-jails-covid-19-coverup-public-information-violations/

6. Santa Clara County – Highlights
As of March 2, there are 3 active cases in custody in the Santa Clara County jail system – 2 more than February 25. From Feb. 18 to Feb. 25, the active number of cases stayed steady at 1. However, another case was reported on the 27th. 

  • Since Feb. 11 cases have been at less than 5 a day. 
  • The current population is at 2350 people. It has been around the 2300s since Feb. 15. This is the highest the population has been since April 2020. 
  • Last week, 391 tests were administered resulting in 3 positive results. Since Sunday, 41 tests have been administered, and no positive results have been reported. 20,243 cumulative tests have been completed thus far. 
  • There are 587 cumulative cases.
  • 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.


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 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:
Sacramento County: Sacramento County Sheriff’s Office:
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.

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

Contact: Aparna Komarla (apkomarla@ucdavis.edu)


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2 thoughts on “89 Medically Vulnerable Patients Vaccinated at Santa Rita Jail – Breaking Down COVID-19 in CA Jails”

  1. Bill Marshall

    SF Sheriff’s Office has released the majority of confirmed positive cases — 107 positive cases were released while active.

    Hmmm… what is better for the community and the inmates… releasing folk BEFORE they test positive, or AFTER?

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