Prisons Info on COVID-19

COVID-19 Vaccination Info

344Partially Vaccinated Staff
6,624Fully Vaccinated Staff
1,171Partially Vaccinated Offenders
19,691Fully Vaccinated Offenders

Last updated 9/17/2021

Vaccinated Offenders by Race

Vaccinated Offenders by Ethnicity*


Vaccination data is updated as often as possible, but data entry lags behind actual vaccine administration.
Partially Vaccinated -
individuals who have received the initial shot and are waiting the required time before receiving the second dose.  
Fully Vaccinated -
individuals who have received all required doses of the vaccine.
NOTE on Staff Vaccinations– numbers represent Adult Correction staff who have been vaccinated by NCDPS and who have self-reported if they were vaccinated by an outside provider. Staff vaccination is voluntary. Vaccination information is protected through HIPAA. 
Staff vaccination data has been confirmed in CVMS. Differences from previous reports could be attributed to staff leaving service, contract workers who were counted in previous reporting, or staff reporting inaccuracies.
NOTE on Offender Vaccinations - totals do not include the 3,595 offenders who were either partially or fully vaccinated while incarcerated but who have since completed their sentence and been released.
NC Prison Demographics 
– Total offender population as of July 31, 2021 = 52% Black and Brown, 41% White, 7% other (Native American, Asian, Pacific Islander or undisclosed). Hispanic/LatinX is calculated separately and comprises 6% of the population.
* Vaccinated Offenders by Ethnicity
is reported separately to prevent potential double-counting of Hispanic/Latinx offenders. Both Race and Ethnicity graphs refer to the same group of vaccinated offenders. This reflects federal and state vaccination reporting. 

Percent Positive – represents number of offenders with a current COVID-19 diagnosis out of total number of offenders in a state prison facility. 
Active Cases – number of offenders in a state prison with current COVID-19 diagnosis.
Hospitalized – number of offenders currently being treated for COVID-19 at a community hospital.
Total Tests Administered – cumulative number of tests administered (includes Molecular and Antigen tests) since testing began March 2020.
Total Offenders Tested – represents each distinct individual who has been tested at least once for COVID-19 since testing began March 2020. This number also includes those offenders who have completed their prison sentence and/or those in ELC.
Total Tested Positive – represents the number of distinct individuals who have tested positive at least once for COVID since testing began March 2020. This number also includes those offenders who have completed their prison sentence and/or those in ELC.
Presumed Recovered – represents the number of distinct individuals who have a diagnosis of COVID-19 that is determined resolved by a medical provid

Recent Actions Taken

Aug. 9, 2021

Gov. Roy Cooper's Executive Order 224, effective Sept. 1, 2021, requires state employees who have chosen not to be vaccinated to be tested for COVID-19 weekly. Prisons currently tests its nearly 7,000 unvaccinated employees biweekly. To prepate for the doubling of tests, Prisons has taken the following measures:

  • Acquired at no charge 30,000 antigen (rapid) tests from the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Adopted plans to alternate the rapid antigen tests with PCR (genetic, highly accurate) tests. Ten prison medical facilities (Central, NCCIW and two per region) have PCR testing equipment that can perform multiple tests simultaneously.
  • Piloted the weekly testing protocols for unvaccinated employees at two prisons, Tabor CI and Columbus CI, due to Columbus County's meeting of the surrounding-community criteria enacted the previous week.

Aug. 4, 2021

Authorized private viewings in the event of death of immediate family members, provided the offender's assigned prison is not on red status.

No other family members may be present during the private viewing. Pandemic precautions will be required, including maintaining social distancing and wearing a mask at all times.

Vaccinated offenders do not have to be tested for COVID-19 before the viewing. Unvaccinated offenders will be approved for a private viewing only if they receive a negative COVID-19 antigen test result within 24 hours of the viewing appointment. If the test result is positive, approval will be denied.

Since the viewing is private, and social distancing measures are in place, offenders who attend a private viewing are not subject to quarantine or testing upon return to prison.

Wardens are authorized to allow viewing of an online or streaming service.

No funeral visitation will be approved for any offender, regardless of custody level. Other approval requirements within the Emergency Leave policy remain in place.

Previous Actions Taken

COVID-19 Related Offender Deaths

Confirmed COVID-19 Related Offender Deaths By Facility

Albemarle CI 4
Alexander CI 7
Anson CI 3
Caldwell CC 1
Caledonia CC 1
Central Prison 6
Craggy CC 1
Franklin CC 2
Greene CI 2
Harnett CI 1
Hyde CI 1
Lumberton CI 1
Mountain View CI 2
Nash CI 4
Neuse CI   4
Pender CI 4
Rutherford CC 3
Southern CI 1
Scotland CI 2
Tabor CI 2

The chart and the total offender COVID deaths numbers were updated on:

  • March 4, 2021, to reflect final determinations of cause of death made in two cases by the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. One offender had been housed at Albemarle Correctional (male in early-60s, death in August 2020), and the other had been housed at Central Prison (male in early-50s, death in September 2020);
  • March 19, 2021, to reflect a reconciliation of data between Prisons and the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, which found one previously unreported offender, housed at Hyde Correctional Institution (male in early-70s, death Jan. 16, 2021).
  • June 9, 2021, to reflect a reconciliation of Prisons data, the number of offenders who died while assigned to Hyde Correctional has been reduced from 2 to 1 (to correct an erroneous double-count) and the number of offenders who died while assigned to Alexander Correctional has been increased from six to seven to accurately reflect the Nov. 15, 2020, death of an offender in his mid-50s with underlying health conditions who passed away at the prison and whose positive test result was received three days later.


Total Offender Deaths


Lowest offender population since 1995

COVID-19 Offender Testing Data

*This is the number of hospitalized offenders with a COVID-19 diagnosis entered into the Prisons medical database at the time the chart is updated each day.

Offender Population Trends