Main Jail COVID Update: 12 Inmates Recover, 15 Cases Discovered

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Update by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
February 18, 2022

The Sheriff’s Office Main Jail, with the assistance of the California Department of Public Health and our Wellpath partners, have identified 15 additional COVID positive inmates and cleared 12 of the previously identified cases, leaving a remainder of 13 active cases. There has been a total of 277 cases in this outbreak that includes 13 active cases, 259 recovered, and 5 released.

 All COVID positive inmates are continuously monitored by custody staff and our Wellpath partners. There are no inmates currently hospitalized because of this outbreak. 58 inmates have reported being symptomatic, 218 reported being asymptomatic, and 1 declined to answer.

As we identify COVID-19 positive inmates, they are moved into an area of the facility that has negative pressure cells. In the case of an outbreak, only those with active symptoms are moved. The remainder are placed together in small groups (cohorts) and isolated from other inmates. We also separate those who were exposed but have not tested positive. Inmates with severe symptoms or who have underlying health conditions are transported to a hospital for evaluation and treatment.

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. At the request of Santa Barbara County Public Health, the California Department of Public Health has responded to assist with testing at the Main Jail and has provided a team of medical professionals who will remain in the facility for the duration of this outbreak.

Inmates are tested when they arrive in our custody and are housed separately from the general population during the initial 10 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 in our care and recently implemented 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. This program resulted in 148 inmate vaccinations in the span of a two days and was accomplished thanks to the teamwork and partnership of the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and California Department of Public Health. Additionally, Wellpath has administered over 791 vaccinations at the Main Jail since the beginning of the pandemic.


10 Inmate COVID Cases Remaining from Main Jail Outbreak

Update by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
February 8, 2022

The Sheriff’s Office Main Jail, with the assistance of the California Department of Public Health and our Wellpath partners, have identified 10 additional COVID positive inmates and cleared 7 of the previously identified cases, leaving a remainder of 10 active cases. There has been a total of 262 cases in this outbreak that includes 10 active cases, 247 recovered, and 5 released.

All COVID positive inmates are continuously monitored by custody staff and our Wellpath partners. There are no inmates currently hospitalized because of this outbreak. 53 inmates have reported being symptomatic, 208 are asymptomatic, and 1 declined to answer.


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

There are seven remaining COVID positive inmates associated with the outbreak that began on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. There have been no new cases identified since the last press release on Tuesday, February 1, 2022. There has been a total of 252 cases in this outbreak that includes 7 active cases, 240 recovered, and 5 released. One COVID positive inmate from the Northern Branch Jail has been transferred to the Main Jail and is not included in these totals.

All COVID positive inmates are continuously monitored by custody staff and our Wellpath partners. There are no inmates currently hospitalized because of this outbreak. 48 inmates have reported being symptomatic, 203 are asymptomatic, and 1 declined to answer.


Main Jail Active COVID Cases Decline, No New Cases Identified

Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
February 1, 2022

The Sheriff’s Office Main Jail has cleared 10 of the previously reported COVID positive inmate cases, with no new cases identified since the last press release on Friday, January 28, 2022.  There has been a total of 252 cases in this outbreak that includes 27 active cases, 221 recovered, and 4 released.

All COVID positive inmates are continuously monitored by custody staff and our Wellpath partners. There are no inmates currently hospitalized because of this outbreak. 48 inmates have reported being symptomatic, 203 are asymptomatic, and 1 declined to answer.

As we identify COVID-19 positive inmates, they are moved into an area of the facility that has negative pressure cells. In the case of an outbreak, only those with active symptoms are moved. The remainder are placed together in small groups (cohorts) and isolated from other inmates. We also separate those who were exposed but have not tested positive. Inmates with severe symptoms or who have underlying health conditions are transported to a hospital for evaluation and treatment.

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. At the request of Santa Barbara County Public Health, the California Department of Public Health has responded to assist with testing at the Main Jail and has provided a team of medical professionals who will remain in the facility for the duration of this outbreak.

Inmates are tested when they arrive in our custody and are housed separately from the general population during the initial 10 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 in our care and recently implemented 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. This program resulted in 148 inmate vaccinations in the span of a two days and was accomplished thanks to the teamwork and partnership of the Santa Barbara County Public Health Department and California Department of Public Health. Additionally, Wellpath has administered over 780 vaccinations at the Main Jail since the beginning of the pandemic.

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a-1645235581 Feb 18, 2022 05:53 PM
Main Jail COVID Update: 12 Inmates Recover, 15 Cases Discovered

I hugely doubt that these updates are written just to post on Edhat. They're almost certainly a required piece of reporting and record-keeping. This is one regular epidemic update that I, among others, do read.

sacjon Feb 18, 2022 05:09 PM
Main Jail COVID Update: 12 Inmates Recover, 15 Cases Discovered

4:33 - How much do you think you paid for this update? How about you write a letter and demand a refund in the amount of less than 1 hours worth of clerical work, divided by 448,656.

Then, take that money and invest it and some day you could buy your own postage stamp!

a-1645230806 Feb 18, 2022 04:33 PM
Main Jail COVID Update: 12 Inmates Recover, 15 Cases Discovered

Taxpayers are all PAYING someone for these pointless updates. It's quite frankly ridiculous at this point in the pandemic. Questioning and having checks and balances on the government agencies we all pay for and is a GOOD thing. Will edhat comments really make a difference? Maybe, maybe not. Many high up folks in local admin do frequent these threads.

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