Updates

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

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June 2021

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

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 .

4/22/2021: The death of an incarcerated person at Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) which occurred on Jan. 26, 2021, has since been determined to be COVID-related. No further information is being provided to protect medical privacy. This is the ninth patient death from MCSP and the 222nd death statewide.

4/13/2021: The death of an incarcerated person at Correctional Training Facility (CTF) which occurred on Dec. 28, 2020, has since been determined to be COVID-related. No further information is being provided to protect medical privacy. This is 19th patient death from CTF and the 221st death statewide.

4/09/2021: The departments regrets to report the death of an incarcerated person at California State Prison-Corcoran (COR) which occurred on December 25, 2020, has been determined to be COVID-related. No further information is being provided to protect medical privacy. This is the fourth patient death from COR and the 220th statwide.

4/07/2021: The departments regrets to report the death of an incarcerated person at California State Prison-Solano (SOL) which occurred on April 6, 2021, has been determined to be COVID-related. No further information is being provided to protect medical privacy. This is the sixth patient death from SOL and the 219th death statewide.

04/01/2021: The department regrets to report the the death of an incarcerated person at California State Prison, Sacramento (CSP-SAC) which occurred on Dec. 15, 2020, has since been determined to be COVID-related. as pronounced deceased from what appears to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the first patient death from CSP-SAC and the 218th death statewide.

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.

03/26/2021: The department regrets to report the following incarcerated person as pronounced deceased from what appears to be complications related to COVID-19. No further information is being provided to protect medical privacy.

  • On March 25, 2021, one incarcerated person from Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP). This is the fifth patient death from SVSP and the 217th death statewide.

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

03/12/2021: The department regrets to report the following incarcerated people were pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. No further information is being provided to protect medical privacy.

  • On March 11, 2021, one incarcerated person from Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP). This is the eighth patient death from MCSP and the 216th death statewide.

03/10/2021: The department regrets to report the following incarcerated persons were pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. No further information is being provided to protect medical privacy.

  • On March 9, one incarcerated person from Central California Women’s Facility (CCWF). This is the first patient death from CCWF and the 215th death statewide.

03/09/2021: The department regrets to report the following incarcerated persons were pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. No further information is being provided to protect medical privacy.

  • On Dec. 29, 2020, one incarcerated person from Calipatria State Prison (CAL). This is the second patient death from CAL and the 213th death statewide.
  • On March 6, one incarcerated person from Substance Abuse Treatment Facility (SATF). This is the seventh patient death from SATF and the 214th death statewide.

03/01/2021: 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

2/23/2021: The department regrets to report the following incarcerated person was pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. No further information is being provided to protect medical privacy.

  • On Feb. 22, 2021, one incarcerated person from California Medical Facility (CMF). This is the 11th patient death from CMF and the 211th death statewide.

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: The department regrets to report the following incarcerated person was pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. No further information is being provided to protect medical privacy.

  • On Dec. 18, 2020, one incarcerated person from California Men’s Colony (CMC). This is the 11th patient death from CMC and the 210th death statewide.

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.

2/17/2021: The department regrets to report the following incarcerated person was pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. No further information is being provided to protect medical privacy.

  • On Dec. 21, 2020, one incarcerated person from Correctional Training Facility (CTF). This is the 18th patient death from CTF and the 209th death statewide.

2/12/2021: The department regrets to report the following incarcerated people were pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. No further information is being provided to protect medical privacy.

  • On Feb. 11, 2021, one incarcerated person from California Medical Facility (CMF). This is the 10th patient death from CMF and the 208th death statewide.

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.

2/10/2021: The department regrets to report the following incarcerated people were pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. No further information is being provided to protect medical privacy.

  • On Feb. 9, 2021, one incarcerated person from California State Prison-Solano (SOL). This is the fifth patient death from SOL and the 207th death statewide.

2/9/2021: The department regrets to report the following incarcerated people were pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. No further information is being provided to protect medical privacy.

  • On Feb. 8, 2021, one incarcerated person from California Health Care Facility (CHCF). This is the 14th patient death from CHCF and the 204th death statewide.
  • On Feb. 8, 2021, one incarcerated person from Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP). This is the seventh patient death from MCSP and the 205th death statewide.
  • On Feb. 8, 2021, one incarcerated person from California Men’s Colony (CMC) passed away. This is the ninth patient death from CMC and the 206th death statewide.

2/8/2021: The department regrets to report the following incarcerated people was pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. No further information is being provided to protect medical privacy.

  • On Dec. 26, 2020, one incarcerated person from California Health Care Facility (CHCF). This is the 13th patient death from CHCF and the 201st death statewide.
  • On Dec. 26, 2020, one incarcerated person from Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD). This is the 17th patient death from RJD and the 202nd death statewide.
  • On Feb. 5, 2021, one incarcerated person from California Medical Facility (CMF) passed away. This is the ninth patient death from CMF and the 203rd death statewide.

2/5/2021: The department regrets to report the following incarcerated person was pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. No further information is being provided to protect medical privacy.

o   On Feb. 3, one incarcerated person from California Health Care Facility (CHCF). This is the 12th patient death from CHCF and the 200th death statewide.

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: The department regrets to report the following incarcerated persons was pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. No further information is being provided to protect medical privacy.

  • On Feb. 3, one incarcerated person from Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) and one incarcerated person from California State Prison-Solano (SOL). This is 198th and 199th death statewide, the 6th patient death from MCSP and the 4th patient death from SOL.

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.

2/2/2021: 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: The department regrets to report the following incarcerated persons were pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. No further information is being provided to protect medical privacy.

  • On Feb. 1, one incarcerated person from California Training Facility (CTF). This is the 17th patient death from CTF and the 196th death statewide.
  • On Feb. 2, one incarcerated person from California Men’s Colony (CMC). This is the 8th patient death from CMC and the 197th death statewide.

2/1/2021:  The department regrets to report the following incarcerated persons were pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. No further information is being provided to protect medical privacy.

  • On Jan. 30, one incarcerated person from Valley State Prison (VSP), and one incarcerated person from the California Men’s Colony (CMC). These are the 193rd, 194th deaths statewide, the 2nd patient death from VSP, and the 6th patient death from CMC.
  • On Jan. 31, one incarcerated person from California Men’s Colony (CMC). This is the 7th patient death from CMC and the 195th death statewide.

JANUARY 2021

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/.

1/28/2021: 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.

1/27/2021: The department regrets to report the following incarcerated person was pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. No further information is being provided to protect medical privacy.

  • On Jan. 26, one incarcerated person from California State Prison, Solano (SOL). This is the 192nd death statewide and the third patient death from SOL.

1/26/2021: The department regrets to report the following incarcerated person was pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. No further information is being provided to protect medical privacy.

  • On Jan. 25, one incarcerated person from Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, one incarcerated person from California Medical Facility (CMF) and one incarcerated person from Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP). These are the 188th, 189th and 190th deaths statewide and the 16th patient death from RJD, the eighth patient death from CMF, and the second patient death from SVSP.
  • On Jan. 26, one incarcerated person from California Health Care Facility (CHCF). This is the 11th patient death from CHCF and the 191st death statewide.

1/25/2021: The department regrets to report the following incarcerated person was pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. No further information is being provided to protect medical privacy.

  • On Jan. 22, one incarcerated person from California State Prison, Los Angeles County (LAC). This is the 13th patient death from LAC and the 186th death statewide.
  • On Jan. 22, one incarcerated person from California Men’s County (CMC). This is the fifth patient death from LAC and the 187th death statewide.

1/22/2021: The department regrets to report the following incarcerated person was pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. No further information is being provided to protect medical privacy.

  • On Jan. 21, one incarcerated person from California State Prison, Los Angeles County (LAC). This is the 12th patient death from LAC and the 185th death statewide.

1/19/2021: The department regrets to report the following incarcerated persons were pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. No further information is being provided to protect medical privacy.

  • On Jan. 15, one incarcerated person from California Men’s Colony (CMC), one incarcerated person from Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) and one incarcerated person from Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP). This is the fourth patient death from CMC, the fifth patient death from MCSP and the second patient death from SVSP. These cases represent the 176th, 177th and 178th statewide deaths.
  • On Jan. 16, one incarcerated person from Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP). This is the sixth patient death from KVSP and the 179th death statewide.
  • On Jan. 17, one incarcerated person from Wasco State Prison-Reception Center (WSP). This is the first patient death from WSP and the 180th death statewide.
  • On Jan. 18, one incarcerated person from North Kern State Prison (NKSP) one incarcerated person from Salinas Valley State Prison (SVSP) and one incarcerated person from California State Prison, Corcoran (COR). This is the fourth patient death from NKSP, the third patient death from SVSP and the third patient death from COR. These cases represent the 181st, 182nd and 183rd statewide deaths.
  • On Jan. 19, one incarcerated person from Correctional Training Facility (CTF). This is the 16th patient death from CTF and the 184th death statewide.

1/15/2021: The following incarcerated persons were pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19, no further information can be provided to protect medical privacy:

  • On Jan. 14, one incarcerated person from North Kern State Prison (NKSP), one incarcerated person from California Medical Facility (CMF) and one incarcerated person from California Men’s Colony (CMC). This is the third patient death from NKSP, the seventh patient death from CMF and the third from CMC. These cases represent the 171st, 172nd and 173rd statewide deaths.
  • On Jan. 15, one incarcerated person from California Health Care Facility (CHCF) and one incarcerated person from Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD). This is the 10th patient death from CHCF and the 15th from RJD. These cases are the 174th and 175th statewide deaths.

1/14/2021: The following incarcerated persons were pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19, no further information can be provided to protect medical privacy:

  • One incarcerated person from California State Prison, Los Angeles County (LAC) on Dec. 30. This is the 11th patient death from LAC and the 168th statewide.
  • Two incarcerated persons on Jan. 13, one from California Medical Facility (CMF) and one from California City Correctional Facility (CAC). This is the sixth patient death from CMF and the second patient death from CAC and the 169th and 170th death statewide.

1/13/2021: The following incarcerated persons were pronounced deceased on Jan. 12 from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19, no further information can be provided to protect medical privacy:

One incarcerated person from Correctional Training Facility (CTF), one incarcerated person from California State Prison, Solano (SOL) and one incarcerated person from North Kern State Prison (NKSP). This is the 15th patient death from CTF, the second from SOL, and the second from NKSP. These cases represent the 165th, 166th, and 167th statewide deaths.

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: One incarcerated person from Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) on Jan. 7, and one incarcerated person from RJD on Jan. 11. This is the 13th and 14th patient deaths from RJD and the 163rd and 164th deaths statewide.

1/11/2021: The following incarcerated persons were pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19, no further information can be provided to protect medical privacy:

  • One incarcerated person from California Medical Facility (CMF) on Jan. 6. This is the third patient death from CMF and the 153rd death statewide.
  • One incarcerated person from Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD), one incarcerated person from CMF, one incarcerated person from Correctional Training Facility (CTF) and one incarcerated person from California City Correctional Facility (CAC) on Jan. 8. This is the 11th patient death from RJD, the fourth from CMF, the 13th from CTF and the first from CAC and the 154th 155th 156th and 157th death statewide.
  • One incarcerated person from (RJD) and one incarcerated person from CTF on Jan. 9. This is the 14th patient death from CTF, the 12th patient death from RJD and the 158th and 159th death statewide.
  • One incarcerated person from CMF and one incarcerated person from California Health Care Facility (CHCF) on Jan. 10. This is the ninth patient death from CHCF, the fifth from CMF and the 160th and 161st death statewide.
  • One incarcerated person from Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) on Jan. 11. This is the fifth patient death from KVSP and the 162nd  death statewide.

1/8/2021: The following incarcerated persons were pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19, no further information can be provided to protect medical privacy:

  • One incarcerated person from California Medical Facility (CMF) on Jan. 7. This is the second patient death from CMF and the 151st death statewide.
  • One incarcerated person from Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) on Jan. 8. This is the tenth patient death from RJD and the 152nd  death statewide.

1/7/2021: The following incarcerated persons were pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19, no further information can be provided to protect medical privacy:

  • Two incarcerated persons from Correctional Training Facility (CTF), and an incarcerated person from North Kern State Prison (NKSP) on Jan. 5. This is the 11th and 12th patient deaths from CTF, the first patient death from NKSP, and the 145th, 146th, and 147th deaths statewide.
  • Two incarcerated persons California Health Care Facility (CHCF), and an incarcerated person from California Correctional Institution (CCI) on Jan. 6. This is the seventh and eighth patient deaths from CHCF, the fourth patient death from CCI, and the 148th, 149th, and 150th deaths statewide.

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.

1/5/2021: The following incarcerated persons were pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19:

  • Two incarcerated persons from Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP), an incarcerated person from California Rehabilitation Center (CRC) and an incarcerated person from Correctional Training Facility (CTF) on Jan. 4. This is the third and fourth patient deaths from MCSP, the tenth patient death from CTF, the first patient death from CRC, and the 140th, 141st , 142nd, and 143rd deaths statewide.
  • An incarcerated person from Calipatria State Prison (CAL) on Jan. 5, this is the first patient death from CAL, and the 144th death statewide.

1/4/2021: The following incarcerated persons were pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19:

  • An incarcerated person from California State Prison, Los Angeles County (LAC) on Dec. 30, this is the eighth patient death from LAC and the 134th statewide.
  • An incarcerated person from California Health Care Facility (CHCF) on Dec. 31, this is the fifth patient death from CHCF and the 135th statewide.
  • An incarcerated person from LAC on Jan. 1, this is the ninth patient death from LAC and the 136th statewide.
  • An incarcerated person from Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) and an incarcerated person from CHCF on Jan. 2, this is the ninth patient death from RJD, the sixth patient death from CHCF, and the 137th and 138th deaths statewide.
  • An incarcerated person from LAC on Jan. 4, this is the tenth patient death from LAC and the 139th statewide.

1/3/2021: An incarcerated person from California Medical Facility (CMF) was pronounced deceased on Jan. 2, and an incarcerated person from California Health Care Facility (CHCF) was pronounced deceased on Jan. 3, from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the first patient death from CMF and the fourth patient death from CHCF, and the 132nd and 133rd deaths statewide.

1/3/2021: Two incarcerated persons from Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) were pronounced deceased on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1 from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. These are the seventh and eighth patient deaths from RJD and the 130th and 131st deaths statewide.

DECEMBER 2020

12/30/2020: Two incarcerated persons from California Correctional Institution (CCI) and one inmate from Correctional Training Facility (CTF) died on Dec. 30 from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the second, third and fourth patient deaths from CCI, the ninth patient death from CTF, and the 127th, 128th, and 129th deaths statewide.

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 from Correctional Training Facility (CTF) died on Dec. 29 from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the eighth patient death from CTF and the 126th statewide.

12/29/2020: An incarcerated person from Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) died on Dec. 29 from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the fourth patient death from KVSP and the 125th statewide.

12/29/2020: An incarcerated person from California State Prison, Los Angeles County (LAC) died on Dec. 29 from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the seventh patient death from LAC and the 124th statewide.

12/29/2020: An incarcerated person from California State Prison, Los Angeles County (LAC) died on Dec. 29 from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the sixth patient death from LAC and the 123rd statewide.

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 from RJ Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) died on Dec. 24 from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the sixth patient death from RJD and the 122nd statewide.

12/28/2020: An incarcerated person from RJ Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) died on Dec. 28 from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the fifth patient death from RJD and the 121st statewide.

12/28/2020: An incarcerated person from RJ Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) died on Dec. 28 from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the fourth patient death from RJD and the 120th statewide.

12/27/2020: An incarcerated person from California State Prison, Los Angeles County (LAC) died on Dec. 27 from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the fifth patient death from LAC and the 119th statewide.

12/27/2020: An incarcerated person from RJ Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) died on Dec. 27 from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the third patient death from RJD and the 118th statewide.

12/26/2020: An incarcerated person from California Correctional Institution (CCI) died on Dec. 26 from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the first patient death from CCI and the 117th statewide.

12/25/2020: An incarcerated person from RJ Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) died on Dec. 25 from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the second patient death from RJD and the 116th statewide.

12/25/2020: An incarcerated person from Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) died on Dec. 25 from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the third patient death from KVSP and the 115th statewide.

12/23/2020: An incarcerated person from High Desert State Prison (HDSP) died on Dec. 23 from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the second patient death from HDSP and the 112th statewide.

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 from RJ Donovan Correctional Facility (RJD) died on Dec. 21 from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the first patient death from RJD and the 112th statewide.

12/20/2020: An incarcerated person from California Health Care Facility (CHCF) died on Dec. 20 from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the third patient death from CHCF and the 111th statewide.

12/20/2020: An incarcerated person from California State Prison-Los Angeles County (LAC) died on Dec. 20 from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the fourth patient death from LAC and the 110th statewide.

12/19/2020: An incarcerated person from Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) died on Dec. 19 from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the second patient death from KVSP and the 109th statewide.

12/19/2020: An incarcerated person from Kern Valley State Prison (KVSP) died on Dec. 19 from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the first patient death from KVSP and the 108th statewide.

12/19/2020: An incarcerated person from Pleasant Valley State Prison (PVSP) died Dec. 19 from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the second patient death from PVSP and the 107th statewide.

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.

12/18/2020: An incarcerated person from Correctional Training Facility (CTF) died on Dec. 19  from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the seventh patient death from CTF and the 106th statewide.

12/18/2020: An incarcerated person from California State Prison, Corcoran (COR) died on Dec. 18 from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the second patient death from COR and the 105th statewide.

12/16/2020: An incarcerated person from Correctional Training Facility (CTF) died on Dec. 16 from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the sixth patient death from CTF and the 104th statewide.

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 from Valley State Prison (VSP) died on Dec. 14th from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the first inmate death from SOL and the 103rd inmate death statewide.

12/14/2020: An incarcerated person from California State Prison, Solano (SOL) died on Dec. 14th from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the third inmate death from SOL and the 102nd inmate death statewide.

12/14/2020: An incarcerated person from California State Prison, Los Angeles County (LAC) died on Dec. 14th from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the third inmate death from LAC and the 101st inmate death statewide.

12/13/2020: An incarcerated person from California Health Care Facility (CHCF) died on Dec. 13th from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the second inmate death from CHCF and the 100th inmate death statewide.

12/13/2020: An incarcerated person from Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) died on Dec. 13th from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the second inmate death from MCSP and the 99th inmate death statewide.

12/11/2020: An incarcerated person from California State Prison, Los Angeles County (LAC) died on Dec. 11th from what has since been determined to be complications related to COVID-19. This is the second inmate death from LAC and the 98th inmate death statewide.

12/11/2020: An incarcerated person from Correctional Training Facility died on Dec. 11 from what appear to be complications of COVID-19. This is the fifth COVID-related inmate death at CTF and the 97th statewide.

12/10/2020: An incarcerated person from Correctional Training Facility died on Dec. 10 from what appear to be complications of COVID-19. This is the fourth COVID-related inmate death at CTF and the 96th statewide.

12/09/2020: An incarcerated person from Chuckawalla Valley State Prison died on Dec. 9 from what appear to be complications of COVID-19. This is the ninth COVID-related inmate death at CVSP and the 95th statewide.

12/09/2020: An incarcerated person from Centinela State Prison died on Dec. 4 from what has since been determined to be complications of COVID-19. This is the first COVID-related inmate death at CEN and the 94th statewide.

12/06/2020: An incarcerated person from Substance Abuse Treatment Facility died on Dec. 6 from what appear to be complications of COVID-19. This is the sixth COVID-related inmate death at SATF and the 93rd statewide.

12/06/2020: An incarcerated person from Substance Abuse Treatment Facility died on Dec. 6 from what appear to be complications of COVID-19. This is the fifth COVID-related inmate death at SATF and the 92nd statewide.

12/04/2020: An incarcerated person from Substance Abuse Treatment Facility died on Dec. 4 from what appear to be complications of COVID-19. This is the fourth COVID-related inmate death at SATF and the 91st statewide.

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 from California State Prison, Los Angeles County (LAC) died on Dec. 2 from what appear to be complications of COVID-19. This is the first COVID-related inmate death at LAC and the 90th statewide.

12/02/2020: An incarcerated person from Correctional Training Facility died on Dec. 2 from what appear to be complications of COVID-19. This is the third COVID-related inmate death at CTF and the 89th statewide.

NOVEMBER 2020

11/30/2020: An incarcerated person from Substance Abuse Treatment Facility died on Nov. 30 from what appear to be complications of COVID-19. This is the third COVID-related inmate death at SATF and the 88th statewide.

11/27/2020: An incarcerated person from Correctional Training Facility died on Nov. 27 from what appear to be complications of COVID-19. This is the second COVID-related inmate death at CTF and the 87th statewide

11/26/2020: An incarcerated person from Substance Abuse Treatment Facility died on Nov. 26 from what appear to be complications of COVID-19. This is the second COVID-related inmate death at SATF and the 86th statewide.

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 from Chuckawalla Valley State Prison died on Nov. 24 from what appear to be complications of COVID-19. This is the eighth COVID-related inmate death at CVSP and the 85th statewide.

11/22/2020: An incarcerated person from Substance Abuse Treatment Facility died on Nov. 22 from what appear to be complications of COVID-19. This is the first COVID-related inmate death at SATF and the 84th statewide.

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.

11/17/2020: An incarcerated person from High Desert State Prison died on Nov. 17 from what appear to be complications of COVID-19. This is the first COVID-related inmate death at HDSP and the 83rd statewide.

11/4/2020: An incarcerated person from Chuckawalla Valley State Prison died on Nov. 4 from what appear to be complications of COVID-19. This is the seventh COVID-related inmate death at CVSP and the 82nd statewide.

OCTOBER 2020

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 from Avenal State Prison (ASP) died on Oct. 30 at an outside hospital from what appears to be complications related to COVID-19 (79th incarcerated person death). This is the eighth incarcerated person death from COVID-19 at ASP.

10/29/2020: An incarcerated person from Chuckawalla Valley State Prison (CVSP) died on Oct. 28 at an outside hospital from what appears to be complications related to COVID-19 (78th incarcerated person death). This is the sixth incarcerated person assigned to CVSP to be identified as a COVID-related death.

10/27/2020: An incarcerated person from California Institution for Men (CIM) died on Oct. 26 at an outside hospital from what appears to be complications related to COVID-19 (77th incarcerated person death). This is the 26th incarcerated person assigned to CIM to be identified as a COVID-related death.

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

10/23/2020: An incarcerated person from California Men’s Colony died on Oct. 22 at an outside hospital and an incarcerated person from Chuckawalla Valley State Prison died Oct. 22 at an outside hospital, both from complications related to COVID-19. (75th and 76th incarcerated person deaths).

10/22/2020: An incarcerated person from California Health Care Facility died on Aug. 25 at an outside hospital, an incarcerated person from Ironwood State Hospital died on Aug. 22 at an outside hospital and an incarcerated person from California Institution for Men died on Sept. 2 from what has since been determined by California Correctional Health Care Services to be complications related to COVID-19 (72nd, 73rd and 74th incarcerated person deaths).

10/20/2020: An incarcerated person from California Institution for Men died on Oct. 15 at an outside hospital from what appears to be complications related to COVID-19 (71st incarcerated person death). This is the 24th incarcerated person assigned to CIM to be identified as a COVID-related death.

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.

10/14/2020: An incarcerated person from Folsom State Prison died on Oct. 14th at an outside hospital from what appears to be complications related to COVID-19 (70th incarcerated person death). This is the 2nd incarcerated person assigned to FSP to be identified as a COVID-related death.

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 from Chuckwalla Valley State Prison died on Oct. 4th at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (69th incarcerated person death). This is the 1st incarcerated person assigned to CMC to be identified as a COVID-related death.

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 from Avenal State Prison died on Sept. 30th at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (68th incarcerated person deaths).

9/29/2020: Condemned inmate Joseph Safarino, was pronounced deceased on July 1 after being found unresponsive in his cell. Safarino was later determined to be COVID-positive and his death was determined to be COVID-related on Sept. 28. He was assigned to San Quentin State Prison (67th incarcerated person death). CDCR issued a press release on Safarino’s death.

9/28/2020: An incarcerated person from Salinas Valley State Prison died on Aug. 29 and an incarcerated person from California Institution for Men died on July 1, at outside hospitals from what were later determined to be complications related to COVID-19 (65th and 66th incarcerated person death).

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 from California Institution for Men, an inmate from Avenal State Prison, and an inmate from Folsom State Prison died on Sept. 1st at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (62nd, 63rd, 64th incarcerated person deaths).

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 from San Quentin State Prison died on Sept. 25 at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (61st incarcerated person death). No additional information is being provided to protect individual medical privacy.

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 from Chuckawalla Valley State Prison died on Sept. 14th at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (60th incarcerated person death). No additional information is being provided to protect individual medical privacy.

9/2/2020: An incarcerated person from California Men’s Colony (CMC) died on Sept. 1st at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (59th incarcerated person death). No additional information is being provided to protect individual medical privacy. This is the 1st incarcerated person assigned to CMC to be identified as a COVID-related death.

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.

8/28/2020: An incarcerated person from Correctional Training Facility (CTF) died on Aug. 20 at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (58th incarcerated person death). No additional information is being provided to protect individual medical privacy. This is the first incarcerated person assigned to CTF to be identified as a COVID-related death.

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.

8/22/2020: An incarcerated person from California Institution for Men (CIM) died on Aug. 22 at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (57th incarcerated person death). No additional information is being provided to protect individual medical privacy.

8/21/2020: An incarcerated person from San Quentin State Prison (SQ) died on Aug. 21 at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (56th incarcerated person death).

8/18/2020: An incarcerated person from Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP) died on Aug. 18 at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (55th incarcerated person death). No additional information is being provided to protect individual medical privacy. This is the first incarcerated person assigned to MCSP to be identified as a COVID-related death.

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.

8/13/2020: An incarcerated person from California Institution for Men died on Aug. 13 at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (54th incarcerated person death). No additional information is being provided to protect individual medical privacy.

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.

8/2/2020: Condemned inmate Pedro Arias was pronounced deceased on Aug. 2 at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. CDCR issued a press release on Arias’ death. (53rd incarcerated person death).

8/6/2020: A general population inmate from San Quentin State Prison was pronounced deceased on Aug. 3 from what appears to be complications related to COVID-19 (52nd incarcerated person death).

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: A general population inmate from San Quentin State Prison was pronounced deceased on Aug. 3 from what appears to be complications related to COVID-19 (51st incarcerated person death).

8/3/2020: A general population inmate from San Quentin State Prison was pronounced deceased on Aug. 3 from what appears to be complications related to COVID-19 (50th incarcerated person death).

8/2/2020: Condemned inmate Orlando Romero, and one general population inmate, were pronounced deceased on Aug. 2 2020, at outside hospitals from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. CDCR issued a press release on Romero’s death but are not releasing any further information on the general population inmate to protect medical privacy. (48th and 49th incarcerated person death)

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: Condemned inmate Johnny Avila was pronounced deceased on July 26 2020, at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. CDCR issued a press release on his death. (47th incarcerated person death)

7/25/2020: Two incarcerated persons from San Quentin State Prison were pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (45th and 46th deaths statewide).

7/24/2020: Two incarcerated persons (one from the Avenal State Prison and one from San Quentin State Prison) were pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (43rd and 44th deaths statewide).

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.

7/22/2020: Based upon findings by the Marin County Coroner, CCHCS recorded the death of San Quentin inmate Richard Stitely as COVID-19 related. A press release on his death was issued June 25.

7/21/2020: Condemned inmate John Beames was pronounced deceased on July 21, 2020, at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19. CDCR issued a press release on his death. (41st incarcerated person death)

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: Condemned inmate Troy A. Ashmus was pronounced deceased on July 20, 2020, at an outside hospital from what appears to be complications related to COVID-19. An exact cause of death will be determined by the coroner. CDCR issued a release on his death. (40th incarcerated person death)

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: Two incarcerated persons (one from the California Institution For Men and one from San Quentin State Prison) were pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (38th and 39th deaths statewide).

7/14/2020: An incarcerated person from San Quentin State Prison was pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (37th death statewide).

7/14/2020: An incarcerated person from the California Institution For Men was pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (36th death statewide).

7/13/2020: An incarcerated person from Avenal State Prison was pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (35th death statewide).

7/12/2020: An incarcerated person from San Quentin State Prison was pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (34th death statewide).

7/11/2020: Two incarcerated persons from San Quentin State Prison was pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (32nd and 33rd deaths statewide).

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. 

7/8/2020: An incarcerated person from California State Prison, Corcoran was pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (31st death statewide).

7/7/2020: Condemned inmate David Reed pronounced deceased from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (30th death statewide).

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

7/7/2020: San Quentin’s California Prison Industry Authority Furniture warehouse to be renovated into 220-bed alternative care site to treat COVID-19 patients at the institution.

7/6/2020: An incarcerated person from California Institution for Men (29th death statewide) dies at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19.

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

7/5/2020: Two incarcerated people from San Quentin (27th and 28th deaths statewide) die at outside hospitals from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19.

7/4/2020: An incarcerated person from San Quentin (26th death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19.

7/4/2020: Condemned inmate Dewayne Carey pronounced deceased due to what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (25th death statewide).

7/3/2020: Condemned inmates Scott Erskine and Manuel Machado Alvarez are pronounced deceased due to what appear to be complications related to COVID-19 (23rd and 24th deaths statewide).

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.

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: Second incarcerated person from CVSP (22nd death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19.

6/26/2020: A third incarcerated person from ASP (21st death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19.

6/23/2020: Second incarcerated person from ASP (20th death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications 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: First incarcerated person from ASP (19th death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications 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.

6/18/2020: 16th incarcerated person from CIM (18th death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19.

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.

6/16/2020: 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: 15th incarcerated person from CIM (17th death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19

6/14/2020: 14th incarcerated person from CIM (16th death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19

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

6/11/2020: First incarcerated person from CVSP (15th death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications 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: 13th incarcerated person from CIM (14th death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19

6/9/2020: First incarcerated person from CIW (13th death statewide) dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications 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: 12th incarcerated person from CIM dies at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19

6/02/2020: 11th incarcerated person from CIM dies at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications 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: 10th incarcerated person from CIM dies at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications 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: Two incarcerated people from CIM die at outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19.

5/23/2020: Seventh incarcerated person from CIM dies at outside hospital from what appear to be complications 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: Sixth incarcerated person from CIM passes away at outside hospital from what appear to be complications 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: CDCR/CCHCS confirm a fifth inmate from California Institution for Men passed away at an outside hospital from what appear to be complications related to COVID-19

5/08/2020: CDCR/CCHCS confirm three inmates from California Institution for Men died May 6 and May 7 at outside hospitals from what appear to be complications 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: 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: CIM inmate dies from complications related to COVID-19 (first death of an incarcerated person statewide)

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