COVID-19 outbreaks continue to spread in California state prisons


This report is written by the Covid project in custody which partners with the Davis Vanguard to publicize reports of the pandemic in California County jails and the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR). Visit our website for view and download raw data.

As of July 28, 2022, there were 1,163 active cases of COVID-19 in CDCR’s 35 state prisons. Since the emergence of the pandemic, the CDCR has reported 80,730 total cases and 254 deaths.

  • Every CDCR facility now has at least one active case in custody
  • North Kern State Prison (NKSP) in Kern County has reported 220 active cases, the highest infection rate at a single facility.
  • Avenal State Prison (ASP) in Kings County has the lowest testing rate – only 15% of the population have been tested in the past 14 days
  • In all CDCR facilities,
    • 81% of the prison population is fully vaccinated and 59% of them are either boosted or not yet eligible for the booster.
    • 73% of staff members are fully vaccinated and 41% of them are either boosted or not yet eligible for the booster.
  • San Quentin (SQ) has the highest population vaccination rate of 94%, while Wasco State Prison (WSP) has the lowest population vaccination rate of 53%.
  • CA Medical Facility (CMF) has the highest staff vaccination rate of 88% while High Desert State Prison (HDSP) has the lowest staff vaccination rate of 50%

Note: Raw data for number of partially and fully vaccinated individuals have been rounded up to the nearest whole number.

Source: -> Access raw data files -> CDCR

By Claire Beckwith & Aparna Komarla


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