By Julietta Bisharyan and Nick Gardner
Weekly highlights of the CDCR’s COVID-19 crisis
COVID-19 cases and results confirmed by the CDCR
As of July 3, there had been a total of 49,410 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the CDCR system – 25 of them emerged in the past two weeks. 25 cases are active in custody, while 606 were released while active.
A total of 48,552 confirmed cases have been resolved since the start of the pandemic, and 227 people died.
In the past two weeks, California Health Care Facility (CHCF) tested the largest number of individuals, 91 percent of its population. Professional establishment of Deuel (DVI) tested the least, 51 percent of its population.
A total of 130,668 patients were tested cumulatively.
There are currently 98,472 people incarcerated in California prisons – a reduction of 23,937 since March 2020, when prison epidemics began.
As of July 3, 1,846 patients had received their first round of vaccines statewide. 70,474 are fully vaccinated. 73 percent of the total prison population is partially or fully immunized.
1,673 staff received their first round of vaccines statewide. 33,869 employees are fully vaccinated. 54 percent of the total staff population is partially or fully immunized.
Currently, the Correctional Training Center (CTF) has vaccinated the most incarcerated people, 88% of its population. Wasco State Prison (WSP) vaccinated the least, just 50 percent.
Centinela State Prison (CEN) tested the largest number of staff, 64% of its population. High Desert State Prison (HDSP), on the other hand, vaccinated the fewest of its staff, just 25 percent.
According to the CDCR, three institutions, the California Correctional Center (CCC), the CHCF and the Mule Creek State Prison (MCSP), are currently in phase 1 of the plan to reopen the CDCR. The first phase indicates that the prison has facilities that are currently experiencing an outbreak or recovering from a recent outbreak of COVID-19.
Six institutions are in phase 2, which means that there is a partial reopening and a gradual relaxation of the restrictions of phase 1.
33 establishments are in phase 3, which indicates a new normal programming. The reopening of programs and services will be reviewed and implemented weekly by the facility, according to plan. If a facility experiences an outbreak, it should revert to Phase 1 restrictions.
Gov. Gavin Newsom ended executive orders implementing the Home Support Order and the Safer Economy Blueprint effective June 15, 2021, meaning that state departments are no longer required to collect and report data on absentees.
As a result, CDCR will no longer collect COVID-19 data for its employees.
Final cumulative COVID-19 employee data shows there have been a total of 17,002 cases and 28 deaths among staff members statewide.
Juvenile Justice Division
As of June 28, there were no active cases of COVID-19 among young people at the facilities of the Juvenile Justice Division (DJJ). 205 cases have been resolved since the first case was diagnosed in June.
A year ago today
A year ago today, there were 5,582 confirmed cases of COVID-19 across the CDCR. At the time, California had 259,664 cases statewide.
On July 3, 2020, the CDCR announced its statewide mandatory COVID-19 test plan for staff. Another note from the CDCR also reinforced that the staff who Failure to comply with the Facial Barrier Mandate would face progressive disciplinary action.
That week, the 24th death from complications related to COVID-19 was confirmed.