No reports of COVID-19 at CCI
March 28, 2020
No cases of corona virus among inmates or staff at the California Correctional Institution at Tehachapi have been reported as of March 26 and four inmates have been tested.
California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) Press Secretary Dana Simas reported that one incarcerated individual in the state prison system has tested positive for COVID-19. This person is at the California State Prison, Los Angeles County (Lancaster). No staff person at the Lancaster facility has tested positive; however, 12 staffers in other locations have tested positive: four at the California Institution for Men at Chino, three at the California State Prison in Sacramento, and one each at Folsom State Prison, the California Health Care Facility (mental health) in Stockton, the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison at Corcoran, Wasco State Prison and at San Quentin State Prison. As of Mar. 30, all in-service training will be postponed until July, including weapons qualifications training. Training taking place this week has been broken into groups no larger than 10 to allow for social distancing.
The CDCR reports that all incarcerated persons received into a reception center are placed into an automatic 14-day quarantine. The inmates are practicing social distancing where possible. The CDCR has suspended intake of all incarcerated persons in both adult state prison and Division of Juvenile Justice facilities for a minimum of 30 days. Felons will stay where they are. According to the CDCR information, “All persons convicted of felonies shall be received, detained or housed in a jail or other facility currently detaining or housing them for that period.” Juveniles will have access to Skype virtual visits.