6 Weekly Highlights from CDCR’s COVID Crisis: Cases Decline & Vaccinations Increase

By Julietta Bisharyan and Nick Gardner


CDCR Confirmed COVID-19 Cases and Outcomes

As of Apr. 10, there have been a total of 49,210 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the CDCR system – 15 of them emerged in the last two weeks. 16 cases are active in custody while 611 have been released while active. A total of 48,363 confirmed cases have been resolved since the start of the pandemic.

There have been 220 deaths across the CDCR system. 

In the past week, one incarcerated person reportedly died from complications associated with COVID-19 at  CSP Solano. CDCR officials have withheld their identity, citing medical privacy issues. 

There are currently 95,223 incarcerated persons in California’s prisons – a reduction of 27,186 since March 2020, when the prison outbreaks first began.


As of Apr. 10, 20,167 patients have received their first round of vaccines statewide. 44,987 are fully vaccinated. 68 percent of the total prison population is either partially or fully vaccinated.

2,257 staff members have received their first round of vaccines statewide. 25,290 staff are fully vaccinated. 42 percent of the total staff population is either partially or fully vaccinated.

CDCR Staff

There have been at least 16,090 cases of COVID-19 reported among prison staff. 26 staff members have died while 15,884 have returned to work. 206 cases are still active.

CDCR Comparisons – California and the US

According to the Marshall Project, California prisons rank second in the country for the highest number of confirmed cases, following Federal prisons closely behind. Texas ranks third. 

California makes up 12.5 percent of total cases among incarcerated people and 8.6 percent of the total deaths in prison.

California also makes up 14.8 percent of total cases and 13 percent of total deaths among prison staff.

Division of Juvenile Justice

As of Apr. 10, there are no active cases of COVID-19 among youth at the Division of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) facilities. 204 cases have been resolved since the first case was diagnosed in June.

A Year Ago Today

A year ago on Apr. 9 2020, there were only 50 total confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the CDCR facilities. As of today, the number of confirmed cases stands at 49,211.  

On Apr. 9 2020, there were 49 new cases in the last 14 days. A year later, CDCR reported 17 new cases in the last 14 days. Compared to a year ago, the number of new cases in the last 14 days decreased by about 65 percent. 

A year ago on Apr. 6 2020, health care professionals issued a memo to ‘all staff’ in the CDCR system regarding personal protective equipment (PPE) guidance. The memo included information on the proper use of masks, as well as supply availability. 

A year ago on Apr. 8 2020, CDCR implemented its ‘COVID-19 Mandatory 14-Day Modified Program’. The program detailed the required modifications that facilities had to implement in response to COVID-19. This program included new guidelines such as no visitation, social distancing, disinfecting and activity modifications. 

A year ago on Apr. 9 2020, public health experts at the University of California, San Francisco released a webinar to provide COVID-19 information to non-medical correctional staff. 


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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