Prisons Info on COVID-19

COVID-19 Vaccination Info

3,713Partially Vaccinated Staff
2,501Fully Vaccinated Staff
839Partially Vaccinated Offenders
1,049Fully Vaccinated Offenders

Vaccinated Offenders

   Vaccination data updated weekly.
   Last updated 3/2/2021   


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.
NC Prison Demographics – Total offender population as of Feb. 2021 = 50% Black and Brown, 40% White, 5% Hispanic/LantinX; 5% other

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

Feb. 10, 2021
An additional 100,000 cloth, three-ply face masks were distributed throughout the prison system as replacements for masks that are no longer usable or to allow staff and offenders to double-mask. The masks were produced by Correction Enterprises. All staff and offenders have at least six cloth three-ply masks, and N95 masks are available for staff who wish to use them.

Jan. 29, 2021
As part of its efforts to keep everyone safe and encourage participation in inoculations, Prisons launched an incentive package for eligible offenders who complete the COVID-19 vaccine process. The one-time incentives include five days of sentence credits, four additional visits with clergry or regular visitors, one phone call and an earlier return to job or program. 

Jan. 20, 2021
Received first allocation of coronavirus vaccine and began inoculating prison staff and offenders

Jan. 7, 2021
Continued the installation of nearly 4,000 air purifiers in the ductwork of state prisons to better filter out any airborne virus particles. Installation began in December and is projected to be completed in early February for this important health and safety initiative.

Previous Actions Taken

COVID-19 Related Offender Deaths

Confirmed COVID-19 Related Offender Deaths By Facility

Albemarle CI 4
Alexander CI 6
Anson CI 3
Caldwell CC 1
Central Prison 5
Craggy CC 1
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).


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