COVID-19 Positive Inmates at County Jail

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Update by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
December 18, 2020

A Sheriff’s Deputy and Custody Deputy have been found to be positive for COVID-19 and two COVID-19 positive inmates were booked into custody.

The Sheriff’s Deputy last worked on Saturday, December 12, 2020 and began experiencing symptoms on December 13, 2020. The Deputy was tested in the community on December 16, 2020 and found to be COVID-19 positive on December 17, 2020. The Deputy consistently wore a mask while at work.

The Custody Deputy was tested on December 15, 2020 as part of employee surveillance testing and last worked on December 16, 2020. The Custody Deputy was notified today the test returned positive. The Custody Deputy consistently wore PPE while at work. This brings the total number of Sheriff’s Office employees who have tested positive for COVID-19 to 61, with 50 having recovered and returned to work.

Two unrelated COVID-19 positive inmates were recently booked at the Main Jail. One inmate came into custody late yesterday and the other was received today. Both inmates were found to be positive for COVID-19 during the intake screening process and are each being housed in negative-air pressure housing areas, separate from the general population.

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Main Jail COVID-19 Related Cases

 

Positive Upon Intake

Contracted Within Facility

Total Cases

Active Cases Medically Monitored/Treated

4

0

4

Recovered

2

66

68

Released from Custody

5

11

16

Deceased

1

0

1

TOTAL

12

77

89


Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
December 17, 2020

Two Custody Deputies have been found to be positive for COVID-19 and three COVID-19 positive inmates were booked into custody.

The first Custody Deputy last worked on Tuesday, December 8, 2020, developed symptoms during days off, was tested on Monday, December 14, 2020 and was found to be positive today. The second Custody Deputy was not symptomatic but was tested on Sunday, December 13, 2020. The Custody Deputy last worked on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 and was found to be COVID-19 positive that evening. Both Custody Deputies consistently wore masks while at work. This brings us to a total of 59 Sheriff’s Employees that have tested positive for COVID-19, with 48 having recovered and returned to work.

Three unrelated COVID-19 positive inmates were recently booked at the Main Jail. One inmate was known to be positive for COVID-19 prior to intake last night and was released within a few hours pursuant to the local court’s extension of Emergency Rule 4. The second and third inmates tested positive for COVID-19 during the intake screening process and are each being housed in negative-air pressure housing areas, separate from the general population.

COVID-19 safety precautions remain a priority in the Main Jail with ongoing surveillance testing, attentive screening of inmates during intake, consistent disinfecting and use of PPE.  

Santa Barbara County Sheriff’s Office Main Jail COVID-19 Related Cases

 

Positive Upon Intake

Contracted Within Facility

Total Cases

Active Cases Medically Monitored/Treated

2

0

2

Recovered

2

66

68

Released from Custody

5

11

16

Deceased

1

0

1

TOTAL

10

77

87

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a-1608357226 Dec 18, 2020 09:53 PM
COVID-19 Positive Inmates at County Jail

Good thing those incarcerated are tested upon intake and sequestered. Custody deputies seem pretty well-protected compared to other essential workers.

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