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Friday 02/19/2021 3:24 PM - Additional Inmates, Sworn Correctional Staff Test Positive for COVID-19

Contact: Tony Cipolla
Phone: (805) 781-4547
Type of Incident: Additional Inmates, Sworn Correctional Staff Test Positive for COVID-19
Date and Time of Incident: 2-19-21
Place of Occurrence: County Jail
Victim Information: N/A
Suspect Information: N/A
Details of News Release: The Jail is currently dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak affecting five people: four sworn custody staff and one inmate. An outbreak is defined by the California Department of Public Health as three or more cases that are believed to be linked. The outbreak started on Saturday 2-13-21, when a newly arrested inmate had an event requiring custody staff to come to his aid, during which staff was wearing full personal protective equipment (PPE). Subsequently, the inmate went to the hospital where he was diagnosed with COVID-19. The inmate is no longer in custody. Since that time, four staff members have become ill with symptoms of COVID-19. Public Health is guiding the Sheriff’s Office in identifying exposed individuals who need testing and quarantine. These cases bring the total number of inmates infected with COVID-19 since the beginning of the pandemic to 90. The number of sworn staff at the Sheriff’s Office infected with COVID-19 since March 2020 totals 48, with 21 Patrol Deputies and 27 sworn Correctional staff.

Prepared By: tcipolla
Released: Friday 02/19/2021 3:24 PM