CDCR says one inmate has tested positive for coronavirus

Posted at 1:48 PM, Mar 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-26 18:38:54-04

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) said that as of Wednesday, they have tested 167 inmates across the state and reported one positive test.

The inmate who tested positive is incarcerated at California State Prison-Los Angeles County.

The CDCR released an inmate coronavirus tracker, which displays testing and case data statewide. Data is compiled from fully tested electronic monitoring systems like the Strategic Offender Management System (SOMS) and the electronic health record system (EHRS.) These tested systems have been in place for years, which allowed for the completion of a reliable reporting system in a short amount of time.

“CDCR and CCHCS are working in unison to develop and quickly deploy operational resources to prepare for the impacts of COVID-19,” said Secretary Ralph Diaz. “We’ve created this tracking tool along with all other resources on our website to help address your questions and concerns. This tracker is a perfect example of the teamwork and partnerships that are helping in the fight against COVID-19 in the institutions. We’re going to get through this, and we’re going to do it together.”

The data is updated several times per day.

For the most current information on CDCR and CCHCS’s response to COVID-19, you can visit their website.

You can also stay updated on the number of confirmed CDCR and CCHCS staff COVID-19 cases here.