18 COVID Positive Cases Remain in Main Jail

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Update by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
​June 13, 2022

The Sheriff’s Office is updating the status of COVID in our jail facilities. An outbreak was discovered on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in the Main Jail West Housing Module. There are 37 total cases associated with the Main Jail outbreak with 19 inmates recovered and 18 active cases. Of the 37 identified cases, 9 inmates have reported being symptomatic, and 28 are asymptomatic.


Update by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
​June 10, 2022

The Sheriff’s Office is updating the status of COVID in our jail facilities. An outbreak was discovered on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in the Main Jail West Housing Module. There are 26 total cases associated with the Main Jail outbreak with 18 inmates recovered and 8 active cases. One of the COVID positive inmates in this outbreak required hospitalization and has since been cleared for return to the facility, 8 inmates have reported being symptomatic, and 18 are asymptomatic.


Update by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
​June 6, 2022

The Sheriff’s Office is updating the status of COVID in our jail facilities. An outbreak was discovered on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in the Main Jail West Housing Module. There are 22 total cases associated with the Main Jail outbreak with 12 inmates recovered and 10 active cases. One of the COVID positive inmates in this outbreak require hospitalization, 4 inmates have reported being symptomatic, and 18 are asymptomatic.

On Saturday, May 28, 2022, Sheriff’s Office Custody staff and our Wellpath partners identified a COVID outbreak in the Northern Branch Jail (NBJ) Housing Unit E. There are 14 total cases associated with the NBJ outbreak, with 1 inmate released, 6 inmates recovered and 7 cases remaining in the facility. None of the COVID positive inmates in this outbreak require hospitalization, 9 inmates have reported being symptomatic, and 5 are asymptomatic.


Update by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
​June 3, 2022

The Sheriff’s Office is updating the status of COVID in our jail facilities. An outbreak was discovered on Wednesday, May 25, 2022, in the Main Jail West Housing Module. There are currently 20 total cases associated with the Main Jail outbreak. None of the COVID positive inmates in this outbreak require hospitalization, 3 inmates have reported being symptomatic, and 17 are asymptomatic.

On Saturday, May 28, 2022, Sheriff’s Office Custody staff and our Wellpath partners identified 7  COVID positive inmates at the Northern Branch Jail (NBJ) Housing Unit E. There are 14 total cases associated with the NBJ outbreak, with one inmate released and 13 cases remaining in the facility. None of the COVID positive inmates in this outbreak require hospitalization, 9 inmates have reported being symptomatic, and 5 are asymptomatic.


Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
May 28, 2022

Sheriff’s Office Custody staff and our Wellpath partners have identified a COVID outbreak in the Main Jail. On Wednesday, May 25, 2022, Custody Staff detected 12 COVID positive inmates in the Main Jail West housing module. On Friday, March 27, 2022, one additional COVID positive inmate was detected in the East housing area. All COVID positive inmates are continuously monitored by custody staff and Wellpath medical professionals. None of the COVID positive inmates in this outbreak require hospitalization, 2 inmates have reported being symptomatic, and 11 are asymptomatic.

As we identify COVID-19 positive inmates, they are moved into an area of the facility that has negative pressure cells. The remainder are placed together in small groups (cohorts) and isolated from other inmates and monitored by Wellpath for symptoms. Inmates with severe symptoms or who have underlying health conditions are transported to a hospital for evaluation and treatment, although none of the inmates in this outbreak have necessitated hospital transport. As a result of this outbreak and after consulting with County Public Health, visitation has been suspended. We are also coordinating with the Santa Barbara Court and the Public Defender’s Office to adjust court
appearances to minimize the spread of the virus through the movement of inmates.

The Sheriff’s Office has worked on a continual basis with our Wellpath and Public Health partners to address this outbreak as well as to establish and constantly re-evaluate plans for health safety within the Main Jail. Inmates are tested when they arrive in our custody and are housed separately from the general population during the initial 7 days of their stay. They are tested again before they are moved out of the quarantine area into other areas of the facility. During their stay, inmates are tested whenever they exhibit symptoms and whenever they might have been exposed to someone who has tested positive. The Sheriff’s Office continues to offer all three of the COVID-19 vaccines to all inmates as well as an incentive program where funding from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) is used to award newly vaccinated inmates with $20 added to their commissary fund for full vaccination or $10 for a booster. Additionally, Wellpath has administered over 796 vaccinations at the Main Jail and Northern Branch Jail since the beginning of the pandemic.

All staff, both professional and sworn, who work in positions that have direct inmate contact are regularly tested and are required to wear an N95 mask while working. The Sheriff’s Office will provide regular updates on the status of this outbreak.

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Channelfog May 29, 2022 10:57 AM
18 COVID Positive Cases Remain in Main Jail

Agreed, non-news. Covid is endemic. We're all going to catch the variants, so let us all go on with Life and ignore the Fear mongering.

a-1653904576 May 30, 2022 02:56 AM
18 COVID Positive Cases Remain in Main Jail

"Inmates are tested when they arrive in our custody and are housed separately from the general population during the initial 7 days of their stay. "

I just hope recalcitrant Sheriff's dept. employees are not giving Covid to inmates. Can't imagine losing visitation to unvaccinated employees.

Voice of Reason Jun 14, 2022 10:36 AM
18 COVID Positive Cases Remain in Main Jail

"Our data from the CDC today suggests that vaccinated people do not carry the virus, don't get sick, and that it's not just in the clinical trials, but it's also in real-world data." - CDC Director Rochelle Walensky FACT CHECK: even then there was no such data, either in the lab or real-word to backup that claim, and anything showing the contrary was using cherry picked data or incomplete information - nothing that would stand up to scientific scrutiny.

Shasta Guy May 30, 2022 11:39 AM
18 COVID Positive Cases Remain in Main Jail

Everyone I know who is contracting Covid is “vaccinated”, boosted, and doubly boosted. The person I know with the most severe symptoms is double boosted.

Basicinfo805 Jun 04, 2022 04:26 PM
18 COVID Positive Cases Remain in Main Jail

Whoa! Wait a second…where are all the usual knee jerk downvotes for Duke and Channel? Are those people starting to realize what some of us knew about a year ago?

Voice of Reason Jun 06, 2022 08:59 PM
18 COVID Positive Cases Remain in Main Jail

Basic, if you dismissed or ignored any information contrary to your beliefs the past several years this IS new information. Don’t expect any apologies for the ill will they wished on the unvaccinated though.

Channelfog Jun 07, 2022 06:30 AM
18 COVID Positive Cases Remain in Main Jail

Have you noticed that the vaccinated are contracting the Omicron variants at similar rates as the un-vaxed? It is unrealistic to expect any vaccine to be able to keep up with new variants.

Voice of Reason Jun 07, 2022 08:50 AM
18 COVID Positive Cases Remain in Main Jail

In some cases, specifically those 5 months after the booster(s), positivity rates 'can' be higher. See slide 3, broken down by proportion of tests. https://www.walgreens.com/businesssolutions/covid-19-index.jsp In CA's own data, the boosted are showing twice the positivity rate as the un-boosted but vaccinated. https://covid19.ca.gov/state-dashboard/#postvax-status

Voice of Reason Jun 14, 2022 10:44 AM
18 COVID Positive Cases Remain in Main Jail

And it never was. A 'cure' is something given after a condition/disease/infection to relieve the patient of the symptoms/disease. A 'vaccine' is something taken prior to prevent the condition/disease/infection from occurring in the first place. CDC's definition of 'vaccine' as-of early 2021: "a product that stimulates a person's immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease." it NOW reads: "A preparation that is used to stimulate the body’s immune response against diseases."

Shasta Guy Jun 07, 2022 07:18 AM
18 COVID Positive Cases Remain in Main Jail

All the new cases of Covid that I know about since my last post are “vaccinated “, boosted, and double boosted people. Why is it still called a vaccine when after getting four shots you still get sick and spread it to others?

Voice of Reason Jun 07, 2022 08:40 AM
18 COVID Positive Cases Remain in Main Jail

If you described the shots benefits (accurately) to people in 2019 they would say 'that's not a vaccine', it would sound more like a preventative treatment to alleviate symptoms. In a better world, many would be spending some serious internal reflection time on all the ill will, hate, and blame they spewed towards the unvaccinated and vaccine hesitant the past year and half - all unwarranted and unnecessarily divisive.

Ahchooo Jun 07, 2022 09:27 AM
18 COVID Positive Cases Remain in Main Jail

It’s unfortunate that the current vaccines do not stop transmission. But they do significantly reduce the need for hospitalization. Remember back at the beginning when the goal was to “flatten the curve,” so the hospital workers would not be overwhelmed? The vaccines achieve that, and that is no small feat. We must not take our medical personnel for granted.

sacjon Jun 07, 2022 09:36 AM
18 COVID Positive Cases Remain in Main Jail

AHCHOOOO - exactly. We had a recent spate of Covid here in my area of Goleta. I feel like everyone I know either got it or someone in their home did. I had it. It was no fun, but that was mostly due to the sheer panic of having something I knew could kill me, given a health condition I had. I was mildly sick for a few days and then fine. People I knew that weren't vaccinated were not so lucky and and some (only the unvaxxed ones) are still suffering what is described now as "long covid." To say the vaccines did nothing is asinine. They likely saved my life. Despite living in close quarters with my family, I'm the only one who got it in my house. Not so with my unvaxxed buddy, whose entire house was infected. It's not rocket science to see how effective the vaccine was at stopping me from spreading it too easily and keeping me out of the hospital.

And no, I will never "apologize" to those who flat out REFUSED to do anything at all to help stop the spread. They're the ones who gave it to me and now they're the ones who are unfortunately still sick. I feel bad for them, but hey..... they had plenty of chances to avoid this.

GeneralTree Jun 07, 2022 11:12 AM
18 COVID Positive Cases Remain in Main Jail

Vaccine hesitant - you mean anti-vax far-right extremists who thought it was ok to drink bleach and shoot up hydroxychloroquine? We didn't have vaccine hesitant people posting here - only people with politically driven agenda's spewing false information about vaccines - like yourself.

letmego Jun 07, 2022 11:13 AM
18 COVID Positive Cases Remain in Main Jail

Um, do we know how vaccines work? Vaccine effectiveness depends on the vaccine. It also depends on timing. Effectiveness fades. Much like the effectiveness of the flu shot - where researchers "guess" what kind of strain will be dominant each season (sometimes they are right, sometime they are not right, sometimes there are more than one strain)...effectiveness varies.

For one thing, there are multiple types of vaccines for COVID, plus the immunity you get from getting COVID. In addition, effectiveness of the vaccine fades over time. Finally, we have had multiple variants - a vaccine that was designed for Alpha now has to contend with Delta (more contagious), Omicron (even more contagious), and newer Omicron variants (even MORE contagious). (Never mind the individual's personal immune system and particular dose).

Initial studies DID show that the vaccine prevented spread...of an earlier variant of COVID. Now you've got newer variants, and we are finding that some people test positive COVID with no symptoms, others have symptoms but don't test positive. Some people get sick and test negative for DAYS until they are on the mend. Yeah, "what can we learn from people who have never had COVID?" Well, I dunno. I've never had COVID...or have I? I mean, who knows if I'm an asymptomatic carrier...

a-1654634007 Jun 07, 2022 01:33 PM
18 COVID Positive Cases Remain in Main Jail

Still regurgitating that "drink bleach" hoax.... and people are supposed to take your comments as serious, fact-based, and free from politically driven false information.... I have a bridge for sale if anyone is interested.

Shasta Guy Jun 07, 2022 09:58 AM
18 COVID Positive Cases Remain in Main Jail

My daughter was required to get a booster very recently, she developed a side effect to the shot, and she ended up getting Covid anyway. We are hoping the side effect subsides soon.

Shasta Guy Jun 07, 2022 01:15 PM
18 COVID Positive Cases Remain in Main Jail

I’m not going to get into the specific details except to say that in order to participate in a certain event all participants were required to be vaccinated and fully boosted. It was shortly after getting boosted that the unexpected reaction occurred. The reaction is manageable with medication, and we are hoping that with time the effects will diminish. The cherry on top is that the booster didn’t prevent covid. I’m not an anti vaxxer as it pertains to normal vaccines, but for my daughter to get an injection called a vaccine that didn’t prevent getting disease while giving her an extended side effect is a game changer.

a-1654633701 Jun 07, 2022 01:28 PM
18 COVID Positive Cases Remain in Main Jail

@1:25 "It was shortly after getting boosted that the unexpected reaction occurred" i.e. not from her infection but from the shot.

a-1654634251 Jun 07, 2022 01:37 PM
18 COVID Positive Cases Remain in Main Jail

The amateur virology idiots are out in force again. No vaccine has ever provided 100% protection against infection, and 50% used to be considered a great result. The purpose of vaccination is to reduce the transmission and severity of disease, which all the COVID vaccines do remarkably effectively, despite all the right-wing propaganda spewing.

Since very infectious diseases like COVID spread exponentially, even a small drop in the infection rate translates into a huge benefit to the populace overall.

Get vaccinated. Get boosted. Or stay stupid.

Voice of Reason Jun 07, 2022 05:30 PM
18 COVID Positive Cases Remain in Main Jail

Nearly fully vaccinated Singapore (among many other highly vaccinated populations) would like a word about your claim the current Covid vaccines do "remarkably effectively[sic]" at reducing transmission. With all the information and data out now, that is common knowledge not to be the case. I question where you're getting your information, because the CDC, White House, WHO ,et. al. don't even claim they're effective at reducing transmission anymore - simply effective at reducing symptoms (so they say).

Voice of Reason Jun 07, 2022 05:36 PM
18 COVID Positive Cases Remain in Main Jail

Is the primary series of a COVID-19 vaccine effective against omicron?
“The simplest answer would be [the vaccines] are holding very well in terms of protecting from severe disease and hospitalization and worse,” says Alessandro Sette, Dr.Biol.Sci, an immunologist and professor at La Jolla Institute for Immunology in California. “[But] they are not holding as well at protection from infection.”

https://www.aamc.org/news-insights/omicron-and-vaccines-your-questions-answered

Voice of Reason Jun 07, 2022 05:42 PM
18 COVID Positive Cases Remain in Main Jail

Straight from the CDC - "Current vaccines protect against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths due to infection with the Omicron variant." No mention of protecting against infection.... https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/variants/omicron-variant.html

sacjon Jun 07, 2022 05:48 PM
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Kinda hard to trust anything about the vaccines coming from someone who thinks they are the same as a covid "treatment."

"Because if they set up treatment sites Big Pharma couldn't get EUA for their shots (no EUA if alternate treatments are available). It was all about the money, not our actual health." --- https://www.edhat.com/news/california-streamlines-access-to-covid-19-testing-and-treatment

Voice of Reason Jun 07, 2022 05:49 PM
18 COVID Positive Cases Remain in Main Jail

https://www.walgreens.com/businesssolutions/covid-19-index.jsp slide 4, why would people with 3 shots post five months, reveal 37.8% of positive tests while only making up 30.7% of test taken. If the vaccine was effective at reducing transmission, the % of postive tests should be lower the to % of tests taken. I think it's about time people got off their high horse in shaming the unvaccinated and vaccine hesitate and blaming them for our covid ills, as the data shows that is clearly misplaced.

Shasta Guy Jun 07, 2022 02:02 PM
18 COVID Positive Cases Remain in Main Jail

13 people in my circle have come down with Covid in the last ~2 weeks:
- 5 were double boosted
- 7 were vaccinated and/or single boosted
- 1 was unvaccinated
One of the doubled boosted people developed the worst symptoms. The unvaccinated person was no sicker or better than anyone in the group they were in. For five people the second booster did not prevent them from getting Covid. All have recovered just fine, thankfully. They all report that it was worse than a cold , but not as bad as the flu. 7 of the people were 20-30s, everyone else was 50 or older.

a-1654637113 Jun 07, 2022 02:25 PM
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Your "circle", judging from previous comments, seems to be a bunch of people averse to public health measures like masking in gyms and other settings. No surprise, given the infectivity of the later omicron variants, that these people would get infected.

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