CDCR Includes Reinfection Data in COVID-19 Tracker; Hundreds of New Cases Added


This report is written 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. Refer to our website to view and download the raw data.

As of Sept. 15, there are 50,539 confirmed COVID-19 cases in the CDCR system, 172 of which were reported in the past 2 weeks. 172 cases remain active in custody. There have been 240 deaths across the CDCR system thus far. 

  • As of Sept. 10, 2021, the tracker now includes reinfections in its COVID-19 data tracker. This has increased the total confirmed cases count by nearly 450. It has also affected the number of cases identified in the past two weeks and the cases active in custody.
  • In the past two days, the total active cases count has dropped by 21. The confirmed cases count has risen by 29, due to the inclusion of reinfections. 
  • Overall 20 CDCR facilities out of 35 have at least one active case in custody. 
  • CA State Prison Solano (SOL) is in the midst of outbreak with 53 cases active in custody. 
  • An outbreak Sierra Conservation Center (SCC) has improved significantly, with the number of cases active in custody decreasing from 26 to 9 in the past two days. 
  • North Kern State Prison (NKSP) is yet to see the peak of it’s outbreak, as another 13 cases were reported in the past two days. The total active cases count has tripled since the end of last week. 
  • Pelican Bay State Prison (PBSP) has reported a decrease of 10 cases since Monday. 
  • CA Rehabilitation Center (CRC) has tested the most patients in the past 14 days, 99 percent of its population. 
  • 74,930 patients have been fully vaccinated, a vaccination rate of 75 percent. 2,387 patients have been partially vaccinated. The staff vaccination rate remains at 55 percent, with 36,560 staff members fully vaccinated and 2,245 partially vaccinated.

Source: -> Access Raw Data Files -> CDCR

By Aparna Komarla & Yasmeen Khan 

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8 thoughts on “CDCR Includes Reinfection Data in COVID-19 Tracker; Hundreds of New Cases Added”

    1. Bill Marshall

      Yes… and nursing homes and convelescent places are doing great in culling the herd… and as long as they are cremated quickly, makes it safer for all of the rest of us!

      Very Republican, ‘conservative’ of you… to recommend ‘herd immunity’…

      Now if we just stopped staffing those facilities, to prevent community spread, “we’d get ‘er done!”

      Same for Correctional facilities… pull staff out, let nature take its course…


  1. Robert Canning

    This is a misleading headline. Here is the definition of design capacity:

    Design capacity is the number of inmates a prison can house based on one inmate per cell, single-level bunks in dormitories, and no beds in places not designed for housing.

    This was the definition the Supreme Court used in its 2011 order reducing the system’s population. It is based on one inmate per cell. The courts and most experts recognize that this is not how prisons are run – double-celling is the rule rather than the exception. The court ordered that the department reduce its population to 137.5% of capacity, which it did in 2017 or so. In January 2020 the system was at 134% of capacity (see and would have stayed about that level but for COVID-19.

    As far as I know, “design capacity” is not a big issue. What’s more important is the disease. Getting the population down to a level where the disease can be safely managed and the inmates protected is the top priority. The population of the 35 prisons has been below 100,000 for over a month.

    Using the term “design capacity” to somehow criticize CDCR is misleading and does not really address the issue – COVID. The actual number of inmates housed is the real issue, not design capacity.

    1. Aparna Komarla

      Hi Robert,

      Thank you for the feedback.

      I understand that despite the population being over capacity, it is significantly lesser than its previous size. However, I do not think that design capacity and acceptable population sizes during COVID-19 are mutually exclusive measurements. The definition you provided on design capacity is close to an ideal environment in prisons and jails to handle COVID-19, which would resemble the result of population growth control.

      If I understand your comment correctly, you are suggesting that aiming to bring populations below design capacity and reducing populations regardless of capacity are somehow different. Can you clarify where the distinction lies?

      From the Habeas case against San Quentin (

      “We therefore recommend that the prison population at San Quentin be reduced to 50% of current capacity (even further reduction would be more beneficial) via decarceration; this will allow every cell in North and West Blocks to be single-room occupancy.”

      They reference design capacity and not population size initially, but later use the terms interchangeably. It possibly implies that the outcomes are close enough and do not need to be distinguished.

      I’d appreciate your thoughts and thank you once again for sharing feedback.


  2. Ron Glick

    I was sad to hear that Phil Spector died of Covid-19 while serving his time for murder. Despite the seriousness of his crime he produced of the  some great records of my youth.

  3. heidykellison

    The low staff percentage is problematic. People serving the public should be vaccinated, especially those serving vulnerable populations. Why is the number so low?

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