Prisons Info on COVID-19

COVID-19 Vaccination Info

279Partially Vaccinated Staff
7,278Fully Vaccinated Staff
1,043Partially Vaccinated Offenders
21,447Fully Vaccinated Offenders

Last updated 12/02/2021

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. Offender vaccination is voluntary.
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 5,330 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
er.

Recent Actions Taken

Oct. 1, 2021

Entered a collaborative agreement with the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Association to enact a series of health and safety guidelines that allow the transfer of some prison-sentenced offenders from county jails and detention facilities experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks. For more than four months, the majority of active cases of COVID-19 in the prison population have been identified in those arriving from county jails and detention facilities.

The agreement allows for the transfer of all fully vaccinated offenders. However, if the jail or detention facility has an outbreak of COVID-19, unvaccinated offenders may be transferred if they have been medically quarantined for 14 days and tested negative prior to transport. If there is no known outbreak in the jail or detention facility, unvaccinated offenders may be transferred if they recently tested negative for COVID-19. This agreement is intended to reduce the backlog of prison-sentenced offenders in jails and detention centers while maintaining necessary COVID-19 health and safety protocols in the prison processing centers for new offenders.

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
NCCIW 3
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
55

 

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