Updates

For the latest CDCR COVID-19 information and updates, visit the CDCR COVID-19 Preparedness webpage.

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September 2021

09/10/2021: Population COVID-19 Tracker updated to include reinfections in both cumulative and active case counts.

August 2021

08/23/2021: Mandatory COVID‑19 Vaccines and Testing for Institution Staff

08/17/2021: An incarcerated person housed at North Kern State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19

July 2021

07/30/2021: Effective August 2, 2021, all CDCR and CCHCS state employees shall show proof of full vaccination status, or they will be subject to regular intervals of COVID-19 testing.

07/28/2021: CDCR announces it will discontinue on-site testing for visitors; visitors must present proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test.

07/21/2021: CDCR announces it will suspend the expedited release of incarcerated people in the 180-day cohort at the end of July.

June 2021

6/25/2021: Extension of Routine Surveillance COVID Testing Exemption in July for those Employees and Patients who are Fully Vaccinated 

6/25/2021: New and Existing COVID‑19 Protocols at Headquarters, Regional, and Field Offices

6/16/2021: COVID-19 Tracker updated to include which phase each institution is in according to the Roadmap to Reopening.

6/15/2021: Memo issued: Clarification of Ongoing COVID-19 Protocols in Correctional Facilities

6/14/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California State Prison-Los Angeles County passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

May 2021

5/25/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Men’s Colony passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

5/15/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Medical Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

5/7/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Health Care Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

April 2021

4/28/2021: CDCR and CCHCS issue updated Patient Movement Matrix which dictates all testing and quarantine timeframes required for all population movement .

4/08/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

4/6/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California State Prison-Solano passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

March 2021

03/30/2021: CDCR/CCHCS has added vaccine data to the COVID-19 Population Tracker. The new vaccination tab features counts and percentages of inmates and staff who have received COVID vaccinations at each institution.

03/25/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Salinas Valley State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

03/23/2021: CDCR announces limited resumption of in-person visiting to begin April 10.

3/11/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Mule Creek State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

3/9/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Central California Women’s Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

3/6/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California State Prison-Corcoran passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

3/6/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Substance Abuse Treatment Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

3/1/2021: The department regrets to report an incarcerated person from Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) was pronounced deceased on Dec. 27 from what has since been determined to be complications related to COVID-19. No further information is being provided to protect medical privacy. This is the 18th patient death from RJD and the 212th death statewide.

February 2021

2/22/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Medical Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

2/22/2021: We regret to report the passing of one staff member from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19: On Feb. 20, a staff member from California Institution for Women (CIW). The department sends our deepest condolences to the staff members’ family, friends, and colleagues. This is the 26th reported staff death within CDCR and CCHCS.

2/18/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Men’s Colony passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

2/17/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Salinas Valley passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

2/17/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

2/17/2021: Our partners at Global Tel Link (GTL) will offer two free phone calls in the month of March on the 10th and 24th. We are grateful to GTL for understanding how vitally important it is for families and friends to stay connected. While the health and safety of all who live and work in our prisons is our consistent priority, emotional well-being is also our priority. These efforts will go a long way toward easing minds and keeping families in touch. Their continued partnership is valuable and appreciated.

2/12/2021: Beginning 8 a.m. Feb. 13 through 8 a.m. Feb. 15, approved visitors may request a video visit for the weekend of Feb. 20 and Feb. 21 at 16 conservation camps: Malibu, Mount Bullion, Vallecito, Camp Holton, Julius Klein, Ben Lomond, Deadwood, Delta, Growlersburg, Prado, Puerta La Cruz, Gabilan, Miramonte, Eel River, Parlin Fork, and Oak Glen. Additional camps will rollout video visiting in subsequent weeks. 

2/12/2021: CDCR’s new Visitation Scheduling Application (VSA) will be available for use on Feb. 20 for friends and family at the following institutions: Avenal State Prison, California City Correctional Facility, California Rehabilitation Center, Chuckawalla Valley State Prison, Folsom State Prison, High Desert State Prison, Sierra Conservation Center, California State Prison – Solano. Approved visitors may use VSA beginning Feb. 20 through Feb. 23 to schedule video visits for the weekend of Feb. 27 and Feb. 28.

2/11/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Medical Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

2/9/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California State Prison-Solano passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

2/9/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California State Prison-Solano passed away from causes related to COVID-19

2/8/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Health Care Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

2/8/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Men’s Colony passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

2/8/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Mule Creek State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

2/7/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Health Care Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

2/7/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Health Care Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

2/5/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Medical Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

2/4/2021: Using a phased approach, CDCR in February and March will begin offering safe and secure weekly video visitation at most of its Conservation Camps, commonly known as fire camps. Beginning Feb. 6, approved visitors may request a video visit for the weekend of Feb. 13 and Feb. 14 at 11 camps: Malibu, Mount Bullion, Vallecito, Camp Holton, Julius Klein, Ben Lomond, Deadwood, Delta, Growlersburg, Prado and Puerta La Cruz. Additional camps will rollout video visiting in subsequent weeks. Please CLICK HERE for more information.

2/4/2021: We regret to report the passing of three staff members from what have since been determined to be complications related to COVID-19: A staff member from Valley State Prison on Jan 3, a staff member from Centinela State Prison on Jan. 7, and a staff member from Central California Women’s Facility on Jan. 26. The department sends our deepest condolences to the staff members’ family, friends, and colleagues. There are currently 25 reported staff deaths within CDCR and CCHCS.

2/3/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Mule Creek State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

2/3/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Health Care Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

2/3/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California State Prison-Solano passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

2/2/2021: We regret to report the passing of one staff member from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19: On Feb. 1, a staff member from Calipatria State Prison (CAL) The department sends our deepest condolences to the staff members’ family, friends, and colleagues. This is the 23rd reported staff death within CDCR and CCHCS.

2/2/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Men’s Colony passed away from causes related to COVID-19

2/1/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Correctional Training Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

2/1/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

JANUARY 2021

1/31/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Men’s Colony passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/30/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Men’s Colony passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/30/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Valley State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/29/2021: On July 31, 2020, CDCR/CCHCS reported a staff member death from California Institution for Women as COVID-related. It has since been determined the staff member’s death was not COVID-related and was reported in error. The total number of staff deaths related to COVID-19 is currently 22, more information on CDCR/CCHCS employee cases, visit https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/covid19/cdcr-cchcs-covid-19-status/.

1/29/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Health Care Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/28/2021: Our partners at Global Tel Link (GTL) will offer two free phone calls in the month of February on the 3rd and 14th. We are grateful to GTL for understanding how vitally important it is for families and friends to stay connected. While the health and safety of all who live and work in our prisons is our consistent priority, emotional well-being is also our priority. These efforts will go a long way toward easing minds and keeping families in touch. Their continued partnership is valuable and appreciated.

1/28/2021: We regret to report the passing of one staff member from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19: On Jan. 21, a staff member from Correctional Training Facility (CTF). The department sends our deepest condolences to the staff members’ family, friends, and colleagues. This is the 23rd reported staff death within CDCR and CCHCS.

1/26/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Mule Creek State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/26/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Health Care Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/25/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Medical Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/25/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Salinas Valley passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/25/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/22/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California State Prison-Los Angeles County passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/22/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Men’s Colony passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/21/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California State Prison-Los Angeles County passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/19/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Correctional Training Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/18/2021: An incarcerated person housed at North Kern State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/18/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California State Prison-Corcoran passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/18/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Salinas Valley State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/17/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Wasco State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/16/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Health Care Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/16/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Kern Valley State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/15/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Salinas Valley State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/15/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Mule Creek State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/15/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Men’s Colony passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/15/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/14/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Medical Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/14/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Men’s Colony passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/14/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Health Care Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/14/2021: An incarcerated person housed at North Kern State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/13/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California City Correctional Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/13/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Medical Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/13/2021: CDCR/CCHCS has issued an updated Patient Movement Matrix which outlines mandated COVID-19 quarantine, testing, and screening timeframes to mitigate spread of COVID-19 between and throughout our institutions. The Matrix can be found on the CDCR/CCHCS COVID-19 Response Efforts webpage.

1/12/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Correctional Training Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/12/2021: An incarcerated person housed at North Kern State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/12/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California State Prison-Solano County passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/11/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/11/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Kern Valley State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/10/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Health Care Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/10/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Medical Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/9/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Correctional Training Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/9/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/8/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Medical Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/08/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Correctional Training Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/8/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/8/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/8/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California City Correctional Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/7/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Medical Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/07/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/6/2021: Vaccine update:

Vaccine clinics have started at most institutions and by next week all facilities will have started to vaccinate per state and federal guidelines in phase one. California Health Care Facility (CHCF) received the first shipment of vaccines on December 21st and started vaccinating staff and patients housed in skilled nursing housing less than 24 hours later. Initial clinics started at CHCF, California Medical Facility (CMF) and Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF) as part of Phase 1A based on the level of care provided at these institutions. Vaccination of front line workers at other institutions quickly followed.

1/06/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Health Care Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/06/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Medical Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/06/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Correctional Institution passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/06/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Health Care Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/05/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Correctional Training Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/05/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Correctional Training Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/05/2021: An incarcerated person housed at North Kern State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/05/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Calipatria State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/04/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Correctional Training Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/04/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Rehabilitation Center passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/04/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Mule Creek State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/04/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California State Prison-Los Angeles County passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/04/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Mule Creek State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/3/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Health Care Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/02/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/02/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Medical Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/02/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California State Prison-Los Angeles County passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/02/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Health Care Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/02/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

1/01/2021: An incarcerated person housed at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

DECEMBER 2020

12/31/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Correctional Institution passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/31/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Health Care Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/31/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/30/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California State Prison-Los Angeles County passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/30/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California State Prison-Los Angeles County passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/30/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Correctional Training Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/30/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Correctional Institution passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/29/2020: Our partners at Global Tel Link (GTL) will offer two free phone calls in the month of January on the 6th and 23rd. We are grateful to GTL for understanding how vitally important it is for families and friends to stay connected. While the health and safety of all who live and work in our prisons is our consistent priority, emotional well-being is also our priority. These efforts will go a long way toward easing minds and keeping families in touch. Their continued partnership is valuable and appreciated.

12/29/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California State Prison-Los Angeles County passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/29/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Kern Valley State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/29/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Correctional Training Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/29/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California State Prison-Los Angeles County passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/29/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Calipatria State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/28/2020: CDCR issued a mandatory 7-day Modified Program Extension from Dec. 31 to Jan. 6, 2021.

12/28/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/28/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Correctional Training Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/28/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/27/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/27/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/27/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California State Prison-Los Angeles County passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/26/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Health Care Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/26/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/26/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Correctional Institution passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/25/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/25/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California State Prison-Corcoran passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/25/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Kern Valley State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/24/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/23/2020: An incarcerated person housed at High Desert State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/23/2020: CDCR and CCHCS received the first allocation of the COVID-19 vaccine this week, and began vaccinations in accordance with state and federal guidelines.

12/22/2020: An incarcerated person from Pleasant Valley State Prison died Dec. 22 from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the third patient death from PVSP and the 113th statewide.

12/21/2020: Any staff member who refuses to undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing will be sent home without pay. Employees who refuse testing will also be subject to the progressive discipline process.

12/21/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/21/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Correctional Training Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/20/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California State Prison-Los Angeles County passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/20/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Health Care Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/20/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California State Prison-Corcoran passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/19/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Kern Valley State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/19/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Pleasant Valley State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/19/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Kern Valley State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/18/2020: CDCR and CCHCS release vaccine FAQs.

12/18/2020: Guidance provided to all institutions for accommodating marriage ceremonies within prisons via video conference.

12/19/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Correctional Training Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/18/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Men’s Colony passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/18/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California State Prison-Corcoran passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/16/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Correctional Training Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/15/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California State Prison-Sacramento County passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/15/2020: CDCR announced that through December 30, 2020, all institutions will extend the 14-day modified program which limits movement of both staff and the incarcerated population in order to mitigate spread of COVID-19.

12/14/2020: In an effort to protect inmates, employees, and outside communities, CDCR and CCHCS are working closely together to provide safer housing for medically high-risk individuals in certain prisons by relocating individuals from open dorm/open cell settings to housing with solid doors, as supported by COVID-19 guidelines for correctional settings. On Monday, 12/14, 26 individuals were moved from San Quentin State Prison (SQ) to California State Prison, Corcoran (COR). The individuals moved had COVID risk scores of six (6) or greater, and tested negative for COVID twice prior to transfer (a negative PCR test results five days prior to the move and a negative rapid test the day of). All individuals were also screened for symptoms on the day of the transfer. All individuals transferred will be on a 14-day quarantine at the receiving institution and will be tested again prior to release from quarantine. Individuals who did not wish to transfer were given the opportunity to appeal the decision through standard processes.

12/14/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California State Prison-Solano County passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/14/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Valley State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/14/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California State Prison-Los Angeles County passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/13/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Health Care Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/13/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Mule Creek State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/11/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Correctional Training Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/11/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California State Prison-Los Angeles County passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/10/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Correctional Training Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/09/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/06/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Substance Abuse Treatment Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/06/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Substance Abuse Treatment Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/04/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Substance Abuse Treatment Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/02/2020: CDCR and telephone provider GTL have partnered to offer the adult incarcerated population two free calling days for the month of December. These two free call days are scheduled for Dec. 12 and 24.

12/02/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California State Prison-Los Angeles County passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

12/1/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Correctional Training Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

NOVEMBER 2020

11/30/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Substance Abuse Treatment Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

11/27/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Correctional Training Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

11/26/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Substance Abuse Treatment Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

11/25/2020: CDCR announced that beginning Thursday, Nov. 26, all institutions will be implementing a 14-day modified program which limits movement of both staff and the incarcerated population in order to mitigate spread of COVID-19. Video visiting that has been scheduled at five institutions will still be held with COVID-19 precautions taking place such as physical distancing, required mask use, and cleaning between appointments.

11/25/2020: CDCR announced it will be suspending intake from county jails effective Nov. 26, based upon public health and health care guidance. For additional information, see the county jail intake section of CDCR/CCHCS COVID-19 Response Efforts webpage, which lays out all of our health and safety protocols for working with the county jails and inmate transportation. 

11/25/2020: CDCR announced all non-essential California Prison Industry Authority (CALPIA) enterprises are suspended beginning Nov. 26 through Dec. 10. CALPIA will only be operating mission-critical enterprises that support CDCR’s incarcerated population and operations, including food services, laundry, chemical, dairies, bakery, optical, dental, and the healthcare facilities maintenance enterprises. Decisions such as closing and reopening enterprises and programs are made in coordination with CDCR operations and CCHCS public health and health care experts to mitigate spread of COVID-19.

11/24/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

11/22/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Substance Abuse Treatment Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

11/19/2020: CDCR and CCHCS issued updated guidance to staff regarding facial coverings and physical distancing in Authorized Facial Coverings For All Employees, Contractors Entering CDCR Institutions And DJJ Youth Facilities memo.

11/19/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Correctional Training Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19

11/17/2020: An incarcerated person housed at High Desert State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

11/7/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

11/3/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Pleasant Valley State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

OCTOBER 2020

10/31/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

10/30/2020: CDCR and CCHCS issue updated guidance to staff regarding facial coverings and physical distancing in Staff Wearing Facial Coverings and Physical Distancing Requirements Memo.

10/30/2020: Updated CDCR/CCHCS entrance screening criteria sent for institutions and locations in COVID-19 Entrance Screening Memo. A new screening poster was also distributed.

10/30/2020: Updated CDCR/CCHCS Employee Testing Guidance.

10/30/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Avenal State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

10/28/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

10/26/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

10/23/2020: Updated CDCR and CCHCS Establishment of Statewide Employee Health Program memo.

10/22/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Men’s Colony passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

10/22/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

10/16/2020: CDCR and CCHCS create new Statewide Employee Health Program for contact tracing, on-site employee testing, and compliance monitoring, included in CDCR and CCHCS Establishment of Statewide Employee Health Program memo.

10/15/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

10/14/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Folsom State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

10/12/2020: CDCR issues updated guidance for employees and supervisors. Essential–Non-Essential Employee Decision Tree, Administrative Time Off Essential–Non-Essential Employee Decision Tree, Employee Health Exposure Administrative Time Off Decision Tree.

10/08/2020: CCHCS created a Resolved Cases Frequently Asked Questions document for the incarcerated population to educate them on movement of those who have been defined as “resolved/recovered” from COVID-19.

10/07/2020: Issued COVID-19 Testing Guidance When Entering an Institution/Facility memo.

10/07/2020: This year, CDCR and CCHCS are increasing communications efforts regarding the importance of receiving an influenza vaccination during the pandemic. These communications are geared towards both staff and the population, which kicked off with educational posters being shipped to the institution. Additional communications, videos, Center for Disease Control content and more will be provided as part of this campaign. Highlights of this information will also be shared with the public on our website coming soon. Posters: Flu vs. COVID symptomsPros and Cons of the influenza vaccine (population)Pros and Cons of the influenza vaccine (staff).

10/04/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

10/01/2020: CDCR and telephone provider GTL have partnered to offer the adult incarcerated population two free calling days for the month of October. These two free call days are scheduled for Oct. 7 and 28.

10/01/2020: CDCR resumes accepting applications for Basic Correctional Officer Academy.

SEPTEMBER 2020

9/30/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Avenal State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

9/28/2020: CDCR issued information on the decision to award 12 weeks of Positive Programming Credit (PPC) to eligible incarcerated people in county jail. Answers to frequently asked questions for friends and loved ones of people housed in county jail are available here.

9/26/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Avenal State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

9/26/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Folsom State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

9/26/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

9/25/2020: CDCR announced the planned closure of Deuel Vocational Institution (DVI) in Tracy, which will be deactivated by September 30, 2021. The closure of a state prison was included in the 2020 multi-year state budget plan. CDCR will work with staff through the year-long transition, including possible relocation to other institutions. Additionally, inmates will be transferred to other facilities based on their housing, custody and rehabilitative needs. All of their rehabilitative, educational and self-help program credits will transfer with them. More information can be found in the CDCR press release here: https://bit.ly/30buF3c.

9/25/2020: An incarcerated person housed at San Quentin State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

9/24/2020: A new Guidance for State Employees on COVID-19 was issued.

9/22/2020: A memo was issued on procedures for the Transfer of COVID-19 Resolved Patients.

9/14/2020: CDCR/CCHCS partnered with Center for Restorative Justice Works, the organizers of the “Get on the Bus” program, to exchange messages of hope between families and individuals who are incarcerated with a pilot program called, “Beyond the Bus.” In this pilot with LAC and CIW, the community shared the following messages of support: CIW videos from community; LAC videos from community. The women of CIW shared a video with community supporters and also show appreciation for the messages received on this video. LAC recorded a video of the importance in taking precautions. This project will be expanded to other institutions in the near future.

9/14/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

9/7/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

9/2/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

9/01/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Men’s Colony passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

9/1/2020: CDCR, CCHCS partner with Center for Restorative Justice Works (CRJW) to share family messaging. Sharing emotional videos from loved ones on the outside, with the men of California State Prison, Los Angeles County and the women of California Institution for Women. CIW women recorded an inspirational video enhanced by song for their loved ones, which was posted on the CRJW social media pages, and later shared by CDCR’s social media accounts. Also, a message by the men of LAC, discussing important safety practices and asking family members to also stay safe, will be posted by CRJW and shared by CDCR social media accounts as well, later in the week.

AUGUST 2020

8/31/2020: CDCR and telephone provider GTL partner to offer the adult incarcerated population two free calling days for the month of August. These two free call days are scheduled for September 9th and 26th.

8/29/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Salinas Valley State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

8/26/2020: The Project Hope program was established to protect people leaving prison during the COVID-19 pandemic and the California communities to which they return. This voluntary initiative offers free hotel accommodations to people released from state prison who need to be quarantined or need to isolate themselves due to COVID-19 exposure or positive status.

8/25/2020: CDCR and CCHCS are working to resume county jail intake in a safe, controlled manner that protects the health and well-being of all who live and work in state prisons. Click here for an overview of the testing and transfer protocols in the department’s resumption of county jail intake.

8/25/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Health Care Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

8/22/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Ironwood State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

8/22/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

8/21/2020: An incarcerated person housed at San Quentin State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

8/20/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Correctional Training Facility passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

8/18/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Mule Creek State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

8/18/2020: A large tent with a 90-bed capacity is available for COVID-19 patients at Folsom State Prison (FSP). There are currently 126 positive cases at FSP. More than 1,000 inmates have been tested since Aug. 12 with less than 1 percent of results coming back positive.

8/18/2021: An incarcerated person housed at California Men’s Colony passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

8/13/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

8/11/2020: CDCR expands number of institutions for those who are identified as medically high-risk and within 365 days or less to serve to be eligible for expedited release: California Men’s Colony, California State Prison-Los Angeles County, Mule Creek State Prison, and California State Prison-Solano. Previously identified prisons include: San Quentin State Prison, Central California Women’s Facility, California Health Care Facility, California Institution for Men, California Institution for Women, California Medical Facility, Folsom State Prison, and Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility

8/11/2020: On July 14, CDCR set up four tents (capacity of 40) at Folsom State Prison as a proactive isolation/quarantine housing option. CDCR set up an additional five tents, for a capacity of 50 patients, as well as a large tent structure that can accommodate approximately 80 patients, who can be screened by health care staff directly in these facilities. CCHCS sends nursing/health care strike to team to assist.

8/11/2020: CDCR and telephone provider GTL partner to offer the adult incarcerated population two free calling days for the month of August. These two free call days are scheduled for August 12 and 26.

8/10/2020: CDCR extends suspension of county jail intake.

8/9/2020: An incarcerated person housed at San Quentin State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

8/6/2020: An incarcerated person housed at San Quentin State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

8/6/2020: Six small tents set up at San Quentin to house positive COVID-19 patients decommissioned due to significant reduction in cases and no longer needing to house patients in these areas.

8/6/2020: CDCR distributes KN-95 masks to all institutions for use by staff, contractors, visitors, volunteers, and the incarcerated population.  In addition, those individuals being released to the community are issued at least five KN-95s or cloth face barrier masks.

8/4/2020: An incarcerated person housed at San Quentin State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

8/3/2020: An incarcerated person housed at San Quentin State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

8/2/2020: An incarcerated person housed at San Quentin State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

8/2/2020: An incarcerated person housed at San Quentin State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

JULY 2020

7/30/2020: For the first time in three decades, the incarcerated population inside California state prisons is below 100,000 persons. As of July 30, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) in-prison population is 99,929. The last time that number was below 100,000 was in 1990, when California’s overall population was almost 10 million less than it is today.

7/30/2020: Division of Juvenile Justice suspends intake from county facilities at the Northern California Youth Correctional Complex in Stockton.

7/28/2020: Division of Juvenile Justice suspends intake from county facilities at Ventura Youth Correctional Facility.

7/26/2020: An incarcerated person housed at San Quentin State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

7/25/2020: An incarcerated person housed at San Quentin State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

7/25/2020: An incarcerated person housed at San Quentin State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

7/24/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Avenal State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

7/24/2020: An incarcerated person housed at San Quentin State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

7/23/2020: California Institution for Women institutes facility-wide modified programming to address increase in positive COVID-19 cases among incarcerated population.

7/23/2020: CDCR announces coordination with Federal Receiver to identify 100 vacant beds at each institution that can be used for immediate isolation.

7/23/2020: County jail intake suspension extended to Aug. 9, 2020.

7/22/2020: San Quentin updates: phone access reinstated for incarcerated population, cleaning vendor contracted to conduct four-day deep-cleaning of institution.

7/21/2020: An incarcerated person housed at San Quentin State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

7/20/2020: Two additional posters were released to aid in communicating personal protective equipment requirements. These are in addition to a poster that was released last week summarizing the details of a memo released July 2. Social Distancing | Quarantined Unit

7/20/2020: A video message from CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz and federal Receiver J. Clark Kelso on COVID-19 is now playing for the population regarding releases, positive programming  credits and an update COVID-19 response efforts. It features an American Sign Language translator. The video can be viewed on Vimeo here.

7/20/2020: An incarcerated person housed at San Quentin State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

7/16/2020: The Board of State and Community Corrections has approved $15 million from their Federal emergency COVID-19 funds to be allocated to CDCR so the department can better meet the housing needs of those being released from prison who are at-risk of homelessness, and to protect public health and safety.

7/16/2020: A poster checklist of required Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) was distributed to institutions. It is a graphical breakdown of previous PPE requirements detailed in a memo released earlier this month.

7/15/2020: An incarcerated person housed at San Quentin State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

7/15/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

7/14/2020: An incarcerated person housed at San Quentin State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

7/13/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Avenal State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

7/12/2020: An incarcerated person housed at San Quentin State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

7/11/2020: An incarcerated person housed at San Quentin State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

7/11/2020: An incarcerated person housed at San Quentin State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

7/10/2020: CDCR announces additional actions to reduce population and maximize space systemwide to address COVID-19. Estimates of 8,000 inmates could be eligible for release by end of August, in addition to the state’s reduction of about 10,000 persons since the start of the pandemic. See overview of the release actions here.

7/9/2020: CDCR Secretary Diaz extends 12 weeks of Progressive Programming Credits for incarcerated people to help mitigate the impact on access to programs and credit earnings. Approximately 3,100 people could achieve enough credit to meet their earliest possible release date.

7/8/2020: CDCR partners with GTL to provide two free calling days for the incarcerated population on July 9 and July 23. CDCR’s electronic messaging provider JPay extended inbound email print services to all institutions at a reduced rate through August 12.

7/8/2020: California State Prison-Los Angeles County (LAC), California State Prison-Sacramento (SAC), and Folsom State Prison (FOL) conducted mandatory staff testing

7/8/2020: San Quentin State Prison mandates use of N95 masks for all staff to be worn while performing duties on institution grounds. 

7/7/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California State Prison-Corcoran passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

7/7/2020: All incarcerated persons being released from San Quentin will be offered housing in the community through Project Hope.

7/7/2020: An incarcerated person housed at San Quentin State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

7/6/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

7/6/2020: CDCR and CCHCS direct all institutions to activate their Incident Command Posts.

7/5/2020: An incarcerated person housed at San Quentin State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

7/5/2020: An incarcerated person housed at San Quentin State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

7/4/2020: An incarcerated person housed at San Quentin State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

7/4/2020: An incarcerated person housed at San Quentin State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

7/3/2020: An incarcerated person housed at San Quentin State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

7/3/2020: An incarcerated person housed at San Quentin State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

7/3/2020: CDCR announces mandatory statewide staff COVID-19 testing plan.

7/2/2020: CDCR/CCHCS issue Recommended Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for Staff and Inmates in Institutions memo with accompanying PPE Guide.

7/1/2020: CDCR and CCHCS provided further clarification and expectations of mandatory use of facial barriers by all staff while performing work on institutional grounds. Those who do not comply with the mandate face progressive disciplinary action. This memo reinforces memos sent April 15 and June 11.

7/1/2020: Staffing contingency plans activated at San Quentin State Prison, additional resources redirected from nearby institutions.

7/01/2020: An incarcerated person housed at San Quentin State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

JUNE 2020

6/30/2020: CDCR publishes overview of plan to expedite release for eligible incarcerated people with 180 days or less to serve.

6/30/2020: CDCR announces a Unified Command (UC) center at San Quentin State Prison to coordinate custody and medical response to COVID-19 cases. The team is composed of experts from CDCR, California Correctional Health Care Services, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services, Emergency Medical Services Authority, California Department of Public Health, and Division of Occupational Safety and Health.

6/29/2020: CDCR suspends intake from all county jails through July 29, 2020.

6/29/2020: A memo released by Secretary Ralph Diaz and Receiver J. Clark Kelso provides updated guidance for the use of face coverings in headquarters and regional offices, pursuant to directives from the Governor and California Department of Public Health.

6/28/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

6/26/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Avenal State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

6/25/2020: An incarcerated person housed at San Quentin State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

6/23/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Avenal State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

6/22/2020: Mandatory 14-day modified programming implemented to limit movement of the incarcerated population and staff between and throughout all institutions.

6/20/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Avenal State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

6/19/2020: Board of Parole Hearings extends use of video conference to conduct parole suitability hearings through July 22, 2020.

6/17/2020: Secretary Diaz addresses families and community partners in this letter, thanking them for their support and sacrifices during the pandemic, and addressing rumors about reopening.

6/17/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

6/16/2020: CDCR announces community supervision program to further protect inmates and staff from the spread of COVID-19

6/15/2020: First youth tests positive within a Division of Juvenile Justice facility

6/15/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

6/14/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

6/12/2020: Memo released to provide updated safety guidelines for employees

6/11/2020: An incarcerated person housed at Chuckawalla Valley State Prison passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

6/10/2020: Effective immediately, any incarcerated person scheduled to transfer to a different facility must have tested negative for COVID-19 within seven days of transfer

6/10/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

6/9/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Women passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

6/9/2020: Mandatory staff testing for COVID-19 begins this week at San Quentin State Prison and California State Prison, Corcoran

6/8/2020: Inmate Advisory Council members featured in video about proper mask usage

6/03/2020: CCHCS announces it received 20,000 (COVID-19) test kits from the Governor’s Office of Emergency Services last week and an additional 20,000 this week

6/03/2020: Plant Operations employee at Ironwood State Prison dies after recently testing positive for the coronavirus

6/03/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

6/02/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

6/2/2020: CDCR, GTL partner to provide free calls every Wednesday in June

6/1/2020: Suspended design and construction projects to resume effective June 2020

MAY 2020

5/31/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

5/30/2020: California Rehabilitation Center Correctional Officer dies after testing positive for COVID-19

5/29/2020: Prison Law Office tours CIM.

5/28/2020: CDCR/CCHCS identify nearly 700 individuals in dorm housing at CIM at potentially high risk for COVID-19 complications; these individuals will be relocated to other institutions in the state in small cohorts.

5/26/2020: Mandatory staff testing for COVID-19 begins at California Institution for Men (CIM) and Avenal State Prison (ASP) this week

5/26/2020: Intake resumes for youth at the Division of Juvenile Justice; new cohorts accepted in groups of 10, sequestered for 14 days, all incoming youth tested on arrival and again at day 12

5/24/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

5/24/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

5/23/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

5/22/2020: CDCR facilitates virtual visit of CIM with Prison Law Office to allow attorneys for the incarcerated population to see steps the institution has taken.

5/20/2020: CDCR Secretary tours seven institutions to monitor COVID-19 protocol compliance.

5/20/2020: Board of Parole Hearings announces video and telephone conference parole suitability hearings will continue through June 22, 2020

5/20/2020: CDCR announces it will resume intake from county jails in a very limited, controlled manner from four counties only to the Reception Centers at North Kern State Prison and Wasco State Prison only, beginning the week of May 25

5/18/2020: CDCR begins surveillance testing at all adult institutions

5/18/2020: California State Prison-Los Angeles County staff featured on The Kelly Clarkson Show along with other essential workers across the country

5/18/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

5/18/2020: Transfers from Reception Centers and restricted housing units to other institutions resume this week, with the exception of CIM

5/18/2020: Transfers of inmates from Golden State Modified Community Correctional Facility back to CDCR-run facilities begin this week

5/18/2020: Board of Parole Hearings announces updated video/teleconference suitability hearing results

5/18/2020: Office of Peace Officer Selection Psychological Screening Program to allow applications to complete screening examination via telehealth video interview

5/13/2020: Large-scale testing shows increase of positive cases at CIW (mostly asymptomatic); institution takes immediate steps to prevent further spread

5/13/2020: Division of Adult Parole Operations announces adjusted supervision protocols, including resumption of home visits in certain instances, conducted at door fronts except in the event of an emergency.

5/12/2020: Second all-staff appreciation video released

5/12/2020: (CCI) Friends & Family share video with messages for loved one

5/12/2020: COVID-19 Patient Movement for Mental Health Treatment memo released regarding precautions when patients must be moved between Department of State Hospitals and CDCR

5/12/2020: COVID-19 Guidance for Daily Program Regarding Social Distancing for Cell or Alternative/Dorm-Style Housing of Eight Person Cohorts memo sets expectations as daily operational programs are developed, with goal to mitigate exposure of staff and inmates

5/11/2020: Eight temperature-controlled tents assembled at CIM for medical triage, testing, and treatment

5/09/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

5/07/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

5/07/2020: Video message honoring Correctional staff released in honor of National Correctional Officer Week

5/07/2020: Video message honoring Correctional Education staff released in honor of National Teacher Appreciation Week

5/06/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

5/06/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

5/06/2020: CDCR, CCHCS, DJJ share video message to kick off National Nurses Week

5/06/2020: In-person peace officer testing components to resume via small groups in May, except for physical fitness test

5/05/2020: Enhanced Patient Testing Tracker unveiled to provide enhanced testing and results data by institution, “resolved” category and new methodology for counting COVID-19 tests

5/05/2020: Secretary Diaz and Receiver Kelso share video message of appreciation to all staff in honor of Public Service Recognition week

5/05/2020: “Returned to work” column added to Employee Status Tracker

5/03/2020: CDCR, GTL to offer two days of free phone calls each week through the end of May

5/01/2020: Guidelines released for supply donations

APRIL 2020

4/29/2020: CDCR announces 1,928 inmates have been transferred to alternate institutions to create physical distancing; 331 transferred within their local institutions

4/29/2020: COVID-19 Response FAQ page redesigned for increased functionality for easier navigation

4/29/2020: DRP announces Innovative Programming Grant disbursements, CARE Grant applications to proceed as scheduled

4/28/2020: Inmates in tablet pilot program at five institutions to be provided free access to expanded programs effective May 4.

4/28/2020: Basic Correctional Officer Academy will resume training May 5, 2020

4/27/2020: Board of Parole Hearings announces it held 211 suitability hearings by video and telephone conference April 1-24

4/24/2020: Suspension of intake from county jails extended to May 25, 2020.

4/23/2020: CCHCS launches new COVID-19: Interim Guidance for Health Care and Public Health Providers webpage

4/23/2020: CIM increases physical distancing efforts using temporary housing

4/22/2020: All transfers out of Reception Centers are suspended through May 22, 2020

4/21/2020: Sunset of 14-Day Mandatory Modified Program

4/21/2020: Individuals who purchased supplies for family visits they were unable to use due to COVID-19 cancellations will receive a refund

4/21/2020: Division of Rehabilitative Programs, Options Recovery Services to provide packaged assignments for inmates in Offender Mentor Certification Program to continue studies, credit-earning

4/20/2020: Any person being released from CDCR custody will be provided a facial barrier

4/19/2020: An incarcerated person housed at California Institution for Men passed away from causes related to COVID-19.

4/18/2020: Mass testing of 100 inmates at LAC

4/15/2020: Governor Newsom signs Executive Order addressing Division of Juvenile Justice release and reentry process.

4/15/2020: Cloth face coverings required for institutional staff and incarcerated population

4/14/2020: Inmates leaving CDCR custody for longer than one day to attend court hearings will not be accepted back until intake is resumed.

4/14/2020: Enhanced version of population case tracker launched

4/13/2020: Information provided to to health care staff about Governor’s Non-Congregate Sheltering for California Health Care Workers Program

4/13/2020: CDCR announces reduction in prison population of 6,758 inmates

4/11/2020: Board of Parole Hearings announces it has held 116 parole suitability hearings by video and telephone conference between April 1-10

4/10/2020: All institutions increase laundry services

4/9/2020: Secretary Diaz releases video messages to staff, stakeholders, and population

4/9/2020: University of California, San Francisco AMEND webinar on COVID-19 in jails and prisons released to staff

4/8/2020: CDCR partners with JPay to provide inbound email print services to all institutions at a reduced rate

4/8/2020: Mandatory 14-day modified program implemented

4/8/2020: CALPIA to continue only critical operations

4/7/2020: Transfers from Reception Centers suspended through April 22

4/7/2020: DJJ education to be provided via distance learning

4/6/2020: Staff use of PPE memo issued

4/6/2020: PPE guidance and information issued

4/3/2020: Tiffany Haddish speaks to incarcerated youth via Skype

4/2/20: Internal patient registry launched to assist in monitoring patients with suspected or confirmed COVID-19

MARCH 2020

3/31/2020: Federal Receiver J. Clark Kelso releases video message to all staff

3/31/2020: CDCR announces plan to expedite transition to parole for certain eligible inmates with 60 days or less to serve

3/31/2020: FAQs for expedited release and increased physical space published

3/30/2020: Free phone call days, reduced-price emails announced

3/29/2020: CALPIA announces hand sanitizer production

3/29/2020: Inmates allowed alcohol-based hand sanitizer in approved areas under supervision

3/29/2020: Inmate cases reported at CIM (1) and LAC (2)

3/27/2020: Temperature screenings implemented for all entering prisons and community correctional facilities

3/26/2020: Population tracking press release issued

3/26/2020: Large-scale construction projects suspended inside secure perimeters

3/26/2020: DJJ provides free Skype visits at Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp

3/25/2020: Population COVID-19 Tracking released

3/25/2020: Secretary Diaz releases video message to staff

3/25/2020: Secretary Diaz releases video message to population

3/25/2020: All in-service training postponed until July

3/24/2020: Governor issues Executive Order with directives to CDCR

  • Adult, DJJ intake from counties suspended for 30 days
  • BPH to develop process for videoconferencing parole hearings
  • In-person parole hearings suspended for 60 days

3/24/2020: Transfers into MCRP, CCTRP, ACP suspended through April 6

3/24/2020: Transfers to Conservation Camps suspended until further notice

3/23/2020: Social distancing posters (1 and 2) provided to institutions

3/23/2020: All staff TB testing delayed

3/23/2020: CDCR/CCHCS-created educational video released for population

3/22/2020: First inmate tests positive

3/21/2020: Basic Correctional Officer Academy scheduled for March 24 postponed

3/21/2020: Current Basic Correctional Officer Academy accelerated

3/21/2020: Reception Center inmates to be quarantined for 14 days

3/20/2020: Interim Guidance for Health Care and Public Health Providers issued

3/20/2020: Two confirmed staff cases

3/19/2020: Standardized academic testing postponed

3/19/2020: Ramadan, Passover, Easter services to be provided in-cell

3/19/2020: Inmate transfers limited to only essential movement

3/19/2020: Parole suitability hearings postponed through April 6

3/19/2020: Written peace officer exams postponed through April 6

3/18/2020: Temporary travel and meeting restrictions

3/18/2020: All CDCR/CCHCS staff given verbal screenings before entering any work locations

3/17/2020: COVID19@cdcr.ca.gov email address goes live

3/17/2020: JPay offers two free stamps per week to registered electronic messaging users

3/17/2020: Global Tel Link to offer free phone calls March 19 and 26

3/17/2020: No volunteers or rehabilitative program providers allowed to enter prisons

3/17/2020: Parole suitability hearings postponed through March 20

3/17/2020: All transfers of out-of-state parolee1s or inmates to California stopped for 30 days

3/17/2020: Message from the Secretary and Receiver sent to all staff

3/17/2020: Updated guidelines for staff who live in the Bay Area

3/16/2020: Reentry facility, parole guidelines issued

3/16/2020: Advanced Learning Institute trainings canceled

3/16/2020: Updated guidelines for employees age 65+ or with chronic health conditions

3/15/2020: Department Operations Center activated

3/15/2020: In-person observers not permitted at parole suitability hearings

3/14/2020: Family visits postponed statewide, effective 3/16/20

3/14/2020: Updated school closure impact guidelines

3/14/2020: Expanded precautions at institutions – mandatory verbal screening for all entering state prisons

3/13/20: Secretary and Receiver issue memo:  Message to employees regarding COVID-19 (new coronavirus)

3/13/2020: Correctional Sergeant written examination scheduled for 3/21/20 postponed until further notice

3/12/2020: Tours canceled statewide

3/11/2020: 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) memo issued

3/11/2020: Facts sheets, posters and additional information about COVID-19 distributed to the population 

3/11/2020: Events of 250 attendees or more canceled

3/11/2020: Normal visiting canceled statewide