Prisons Info on COVID-19

COVID-19 Vaccination Info

233Partially Vaccinated Staff
6,686Fully Vaccinated Staff
993Partially Vaccinated Offenders
17,563Fully Vaccinated Offenders

Last updated 7/19/2021

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. Note: Numbers of partially vaccinated offenders and staff have been corrected from initial reports made 3/2/2021.  
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.
NOTE on Offender Vaccinations - totals do not include the 2,290 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 Feb. 2021 = 50% Black and Brown, 40% White, 5% Hispanic/LantinX; 5% other. Other includes Native American, Asian, Pacific Islander or undisclosed. 
* 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

July 16, 2021
Prisons resumed contact visitation on a pandemic-limited basis. Vaccinated offenders may hug a visitor, but both must continue to wear masks and to sanitize their hands upon entering the visitation area. Non-contact visits will continue to be permitted for offenders who have not been vaccinated. All visits require an appointment. Wardens will determine visitation conditions and schedules at individual facilities, depending on local conditions. Visitors should call ahead the day before a scheduled visit to confirm it.

June 21, 2021
A staggered resumption of work-release programs began for offenders who have been fully vaccinated. Taking a measured approach that emphasizes staff and offender safety, the Prisons reopening plan entered Phase 3. Offenders participating in work release — having a job outside the prison facility with a private business — can return to work. Work-release opportunities vary by facility, as staffs members work with local employers to resume previous agreements or to establish new ones. Prisons officials anticipate the complete rollout of work release could take up to 4-6 months. All offender worksites, either private or public, undergo review by Prisons to ensure compliance with COVID-19 and other safety measures.

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