Corrections Officer Jose Alfredo Diramos "Joe" Kates

Corrections Officer Jose Alfredo Diramos "Joe" Kates

California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, California

End of Watch Saturday, July 11, 2020

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Jose Alfredo Diramos "Joe" Kates

Corrections Officer Joe Kates died after contracting COVID-19 during an outbreak among staff and inmates at North Kern State Prison.

Officer Kates had served with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation for four years. He is survived by his wife and children.

The Effects of COVID on Law Enforcement

Beginning in early 2020, thousands of law enforcement officers and other first responders throughout the country began to contract COVID-19 during the worldwide pandemic. Due to the nature of their job, law enforcement officers were required to work and interact with the community even as the majority of the country was self-quarantined. As a result, hundreds of officers died from COVID-related illnesses and other complications.

Corrections agencies, in particular, suffered tremendous losses due to the constant and close proximity between the corrections officers and large inmate populations. Since March 2020, ODMP has verified that over 900 law enforcement officers have died as the result of a confirmed or presumed exposure while on duty and continues to work with hundreds of other agencies that have suffered a COVID-related death.

Visit ODMP's COVID-19 memorial listing every officer who has died as a result of a confirmed or presumed exposure.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 4 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause COVID19

COVID-19, communicable disease

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