Tracking the coronavirus in California state prisons

Tracking the coronavirus in California state prisons

Active cases
Cumulative cases

In late May, cases of the novel coronavirus began to surge in California’s state prison system. The Times is tracking the latest COVID-19 data at 33 facilities where cases have been confirmed. State prison officials from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation report these figures daily.

The data do not include tallies from federal prisons, immigration detention facilities or local jails.

The statewide trend

The virus thrives in crowded settings such as prisons. Out of 35 facilities in the state’s system, 20 are currently reporting active cases among inmates.

Active cases do not include patients who have recovered or died. They also do not include the 454 infected inmates released from prison.

Active cases

Track cases across the state

Explore the latest data statewide by visiting our comprehensive dashboard.

Outbreaks among inmates

Cases have been confirmed at facilities in 18 counties across the state.

Cumulative cases by facility

No facility has been hit harder than Avenal State Prison. The Kings County facility has recorded about 2,900 infections and 7 deaths.

Outbreaks among workers

There have been 4,303 cases and 10 deaths linked to employees across the state. This includes staff for adult and youth facilities, training centers and California Correctional Health Care Services, which provides healthcare services to the state’s prison inmate population.