This graphic compares confirmed COVID-19 cases in the California state prison system with the state and the nation. Graphics from CDCR

COVID-19 pandemic continues to spread from the California Correctional Center

If you thought as a resident of rural Lassen County you were relatively safe from the COVID-19 pandemic, you might want to think again.

The outbreak at the California Correctional Center continues to grow, while the infection rate at Susanville’s other state prison, High Desert State Prison, remains much lower.


Current Lassen County numbers

This graphic shows areas in the state where inmates infected with COVID-19 are housed., the county reporting site, reports 30 active COVID-19 cases, 10 recovered cases for a total of 40 as of 8:38 p.m. Monday, July 6.

Lassencares also reports 3,036 negative tests (not including tests at the prisons), 182 tests pending results for a total of 3,258 tests.

In addition, Lassencares reports 227 prison cases — 223 at CCC and four at HDSP.


California Correctional Center

According to the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s website, 223 inmates at CCC have tested positive, including 124 within the last 14 days. Infected inmates were transferred to CCC from San Quentin State Prison where 1,396 inmates have tested positive, including 905 in the last 14 days. At SQSP, 1,369 inmates have tested positive, including 905 in the last 14 days.

CDCR also reports eight CCC employees have tested positive, and none of them have returned to work.

According to the website, four inmates from CCC were also “released while active.”

CDCR reports 3,464 tests among inmates at CCC.


High Desert State Prison

CDCR also reports four active cases at HDSP, including three within the last 14 days. CDCR reports 351 inmate tests at HDSP.

According to CDCR, 13 employees at HDSP tested positive, and three of those employees have returned to work.



There are zero resolved cases at either prison, and no local inmates are reported among the 29 inmate deaths reported as of July 7.

Richard Egan, Lassen County’s administrative officer and public information officer from the Lassen County Incident Command confirmed one inmate had been transferred to Renown Medical Center in Reno, Nevada for treatment. Egan said that inmate has returned to custody Susanville.

Statewide, CDCR reports 5,372 confirmed inmate cases, including 1,270 in the last 14 days.

Statewide, 1,091 employees have tested positive, and 451 have returned to work.