ISP inmates' active COVID positives drop, CVSP holds at zero: Area CDCR prisons' data update, analysis

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,” stated a Jan. 6 California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR) update. “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.”

As of 5:51 p.m. Jan. 10, there have been a total of 43,823 confirmed COVID-19 cases of incarcerated persons in the California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation (CDCR) system – 5,953 of which are active cases among in custody inmates; 5,473 new over the last 14 days; 37,072 of which have been resolved; 646 reported as “released while active;” and 152 deaths.

Ironwood State Prison’s (ISP) data, as of Jan. 10, has 258 active positive COVID-19 cases among in custody inmates – 250 of which are reported new over the last 14 days, with a 952 cumulative total, 686 resolved, 7 released while active, and one death.

ISP’s Jan. 10 active inmate positives is a significant 65(.276)% decrease from Jan. 3, which at the time (topping all CDCR institutions) reported 743 cases.

The Jan. 3-Jan. 10 ISP inmates’ COVID case count numbers were preceded by Dec. 27’s total of 585; Dec. 20’s total of 267; and Dec. 13’s total of 120.

ISP’s Jan. 3 inmate COVID case count of 743 marked the highest surge the institution had reported among incarcerated persons since the start of the pandemic.

“An incarcerated person from Ironwood State Prison died on Aug. 22 at an outside hospital. This is the first incarcerated person assigned to ISP to be identified as a COVID-related death,” stated CDCR on Oct. 22.

No additional information about ISP’s case was provided by CDCR in order to protect individual medical privacy.

Chuckawalla Valley State Prison’s (CVSP) Jan. 10 data has zero active positive COVID-19 cases among in custody inmates – none reported as new over the last 14 days, with a 1,779 cumulative total, 1,742 resolved, 28 released while active, and nine deaths.

The zero CVSP inmate case count as of Jan. 10 maintained Jan. 3’s case count of zero and follows Dec. 20’s total of four; Dec. 13’s total of six; Dec. 6’s total of nine; Nov. 30’s total of 16 – and a total decline from Nov. 15’s then-reported 232.

CVSP’s zero case count follows the institution’s previous third (mid-November) spike in COVID numbers – with June 13 then-reporting 991 confirmed positives (making up 40.3% of CDCR’s total active in-custody cases among incarcerated persons reported at the time) before leveling off to one case by Aug. 1; spiking again in September (topping off at 292 on Sept. 23) before leveling off to 5 on Oct. 19; and climbing again to 232 as reported by CDCR’s public database on Nov. 15.

CVSP’s high in 2020 has been 996, reported for June 10.

The ninth CVSP-assigned inmate death “from what appear to be complications of COVID-19” was reported on Dec. 9.

“Active case count by date may be delayed 2-3 days while awaiting test results,” notes CDCR.

A Jan. 6 CDCR update on the ongoing statewide COVID vaccine stated:

“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.”

There have been 12 COVID-19 related CDCR staff deaths, to include one from ISP on June 3.

As of Jan. 8, there are a reported 3,321 active CDCR/California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) COVID-19 employee cases statewide – 2,586 of which are new over the last 14 days, with a 13,697 cumulative total, and 10,376 of whom have returned to work.

ISP’s total cumulative confirmed COVID-19 positives among staff as of Jan. 8 is reported at 317, with 247 noted to have returned to work, and 70 active cases – 71 of which are new over the last 14 days.

ISP’s 70 active cases among staff is a decrease from Dec. 31’s total of 78 and Dec. 24’s total of 76.

CVSP’s Jan. 8 total cumulative confirmed COVID-19 positives among staff is reported at 242, with 213 noted to have returned to work, and 29 active cases – 31 of which are new over the last 14 days.

CVSP’s 29 active cases among staff is a slight increase from Dec. 31’s total of 26 and a slight decrease from Dec. 24’s total of 31.

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