More Active COVID-19 Cases in County Main Jail

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

The Sheriff’s Office Main Jail has identified 3 additional COVID cases related to the outbreak that began on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. Since our update on Thursday, January 13, 2022, 45 inmates have recovered.  There has been a total of 221 cases in this outbreak that includes 26 active cases, 191 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. 42 inmates have reported being symptomatic, 178 are asymptomatic, and 1 declined to answer.


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

The Sheriff’s Office Main Jail has identified 10 additional COVID cases related to the outbreak that began on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. Since our update from Monday, 10 inmates have recovered.  There has been a total of 218 cases in this outbreak that include 68 active cases, 146 recovered, and 4 released.

 All COVID positive inmates are continuously monitored by custody staff and our Wellpath partners. One inmate is currently admitted in an area hospital for advanced care. 39 inmates have reported being symptomatic, 178 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 630 vaccinations at the Main Jail since the beginning of the pandemic.


​​Update by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
January 11, 2022

The Sheriff’s Office Main Jail has identified 26 additional COVID cases related to the outbreak that began on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. Since our press release last week, 54 inmates have recovered. There has been a total of 208 cases in this outbreak that include 68 active cases, 136 recovered, and 4 released.

All COVID positive inmates are continuously monitored by custody staff and our Wellpath partners. One inmate has been transported to an area hospital for advanced care. 38 inmates have reported being symptomatic, 169 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 630 vaccinations at the Main Jail since the beginning of the pandemic.


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

The Sheriff’s Office Main Jail has identified 13 additional COVID cases related to the outbreak that began on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. Since our press release yesterday, there have been no additional inmates who have recovered or been release. There has been a total of 182 cases in this outbreak that include 96 active cases, 82 recovered, and 4 released.

All COVID positive inmates are continuously monitored by custody staff and our Wellpath partners. None of the COVID positive inmates in this outbreak have required hospitalization, 30 inmates have reported being symptomatic, 151 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, although none of the inmates in this outbreak have necessitated hospital transport.

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 630 vaccinations at the Main Jail since the beginning of the pandemic.


Update by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
January 4, 2022

The Sheriff’s Office Main Jail has identified 50 additional COVID cases related to the outbreak that began on Wednesday, December 8, 2021. Since our last press release, 54 of the COVID positive inmates have recovered and there are 83 active cases remaining. There has been a total of 169 cases in this outbreak that include 83 active cases, 82 recovered, and 4 released.

All COVID positive inmates are continuously monitored by custody staff and our Wellpath partners. None of the COVID positive inmates in this outbreak have required hospitalization, 30 inmates have reported being symptomatic, 138 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, although none of the inmates in this outbreak have necessitated hospital transport.

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 630 vaccinations at the Main Jail since the beginning of the pandemic.


Update by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
December 28, 2021

Custody staff at the Main Jail have continued with follow-up testing for the outbreak that began Thursday, December 9, 2021.

Since our last press release on Thursday, December 23, 2021, we have identified an additional 38 COVID positive inmates, 28 inmates have recovered, and 4 inmates have been released from custody. This brings the total number of COVID positive inmates in this outbreak to 119 with 87 active cases.

All COVID positive inmates are continuously monitored by custody staff and our Wellpath partners. Only 22 of the inmates are symptomatic and none of them have required hospitalization. Of the remaining 97 inmates, 96 are asymptomatic, and 1 refused to disclose if they were experiencing COVID symptoms. We will continue to provide updated information on the status of this outbreak as it becomes available.


Update by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
December 23, 2021

Custody staff at the Main Jail have continued with follow-up testing for the outbreak that began Thursday, December 9, 2021. Since our last press release on Tuesday, December 21, 2021, we have identified an additional 22 COVID positive inmates, and 5 inmates have recovered.

This brings the total number of COVID positive inmates in this outbreak to 81 with 76 active cases.

All COVID positive inmates are continuously monitored by custody staff and our Wellpath partners. None of the COVID positive inmates in this outbreak have required hospitalization and 72 of them are asymptomatic. We will continue to provide updated information on the status of this outbreak as it becomes available.


Update by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
December 21, 2021

Custody staff at the Main Jail have continued with follow-up testing for the outbreak that began Thursday, December 9, 2021. Since our last press release on Friday, December 17, 2021, we have identified an additional 35 COVID positive inmates, and 5 inmates have recovered.

This brings the total number of COVID positive inmates in this outbreak to 59 with 54 active cases.

All COVID positive inmates are continuously monitored by custody staff and our Wellpath partners. None of the COVID positive inmates in this outbreak have required hospitalization and 50 of them are asymptomatic. We will continue to provide update information on the status of this outbreak as it becomes available.


Update by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
December 17, 2021

The Sheriff’s Office has identified four additional COVID positive inmates associated with the outbreak that began Thursday, December 9, 2021 in the Main Jail. This brings the total number of COVID positive inmates in this outbreak to 24.

All COVID positive inmates are continuously monitored by custody staff and our Wellpath partners. None of the COVID positive inmates in this outbreak have required hospitalization. We will continue to provide update information on the status of this outbreak as it becomes available.


Update by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
December 14, 2021

Custody staff at the Main Jail have continued with follow-up testing for the outbreak that began Thursday, December 9, 2021. As a result of this ongoing testing, three additional inmates have been found to be COVID positive. This brings the total number of COVID positive inmates in this outbreak to 20.

All COVID positive inmates are continuously monitored by custody staff and our Wellpath partners. None of the COVID positive inmates in this outbreak have required hospitalization. We will continue to provide update information on the status of this outbreak as it becomes available.


Update by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
December 13, 2021

Follow-up testing for the outbreak that began last week has detected 12 additional COVID positive inmates. This outbreak was originally reported as beginning on Wednesday, December 8, 2021, but it was actually in the early morning hours of Thursday, December 9, 2021. This brings the total number of COVID positive inmates in this outbreak to 17. The COVID positive inmates are being constantly monitored by custody staff and our Wellpath partners. None of the COVID positive inmates in this outbreak have required hospitalization.


Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
December 9, 2021

Sheriff’s Office Custody staff have identified a COVID outbreak in the Main Jail.

On Wednesday, December 8, 2021, Custody staff identified a COVID positive inmate in the Male Basement Dormitory. This area of the jail is a dormitory type housing area with bunks where 51 inmates, including the COVID positive inmate, were being housed.

The initial COVID positive inmate has been re-housed and inmates who were exposed to him are currently being tracked and tested. Four additional COVID positive inmates have been identified from that housing area. Prior to testing positive, the initially detected inmate in this outbreak was recently transported to an in-person court appearance, where he had contact with other inmates from various parts of the facility during those court appearances.

Custody staff are working with our Wellpath healthcare partners in efforts to test much of the inmate population, as well as monitoring and caring for the five COVID positive inmates that have been identified. 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.

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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SantaBarbaraObserver Dec 16, 2021 09:06 AM
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Ahh yes, the assumption that the comment was a response to Shasta... Thanks for proving the point. The point? Stupid people say and do stupid things...

a-1639673366 Dec 16, 2021 08:49 AM
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Shasta asked a question. A question is not an assumption. Yet your calling Shasta a "good example of stupidity in action". Yes.. yes.. of course.

SantaBarbaraObserver Dec 16, 2021 08:21 AM
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These types of assumptions based off of a tiny amount of data, prove that modern day "Conservatives" are simply stupid. Its amazing how many of our fellow citizens have no clue and yet are so willing to put their lives on the line because of a talk show host or a politician or a hunch... If there is a good example of stupidity in action, it is this...

Basicinfo805 Dec 15, 2021 08:43 PM
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If you’re going to REQUIRE sheriffs and all other jail employees to be vaccinated, then you must require all incoming prisoners to be vaccinated as well. I think a lot of commenters are assuming the county employees are the ones GIVING the inmates COVID. I sincerely doubt that’s the case. Think about it. All comer criminals put together in a relatively confined environment. How many of them are completely vaccinated and COVID-free when they show up?

ConservativeSB Jan 05, 2022 07:33 AM
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The inmates infect each other on purpose. We’ve already seen the videos of them sharing water cups and gargling hot water to raise their temperature in order to obtain special medical benefits. This is NOTHING new.

Keepitreal Dec 21, 2021 08:45 PM
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I doubt it’s the staff. As they have been made to test on a regular basis for two years now. They should be getting thanked instead of being blamed.

a-1639641264 Dec 15, 2021 11:54 PM
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I don’t think anyone is assuming or implying the deputies are giving the inmates Covid. I think it’s the other way around. But the jail doesn’t seem to be taking basic precautions to minimize the impact like all other county departments are.

a-1639621315 Dec 15, 2021 06:21 PM
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I’m curious what the main jail Covid protocol is? I’m sure there isn’t one. Considering how several regular deputies refuse to even get a vaccine. The very first cases in the community came from the federal prison because they did not take the proper measures to contain it. Arrested individuals should have to be tested go into a quarantine ward and tested again before being released anywhere.

a-1641456298 Jan 06, 2022 12:04 AM
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Still hanging onto the orang man eh? If he could mess it up, Biden could certainly fix it. Or, if you put your bias aside , the virus was going to virus no matter who was in charge and what they did or didn’t do. We have an entire world of countries that took different approaches, which one should we have taken that would have provided a better overall (collateral damage included) outcome?

a-1641447616 Jan 05, 2022 09:40 PM
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5:38 - Are you joking? Of course we screwed up more royally than Sweden! No other country has done as poorly as we have, given the abjectly moronic government response we had as the pandemic arose.

bumblebee Jan 05, 2022 05:38 PM
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1:21-Since Sweden sets the bar for royal screwups, lets see how we did.

Sweden: 13% of the population has been infected with covid. Of those infected 1.1% died.
Santa Barbara County: 12% of the population has been infected with covid. Of those infected, 1.1% died.

Oh no, looks like we screwed up royally just like Sweden. Or did we screw up more royally considering all the prevention we did?

MarcelK Dec 16, 2021 07:54 PM
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"how much worse do you think it would be if we did nothing?" I recently saw an estimate that there would have been more than 1 million additional deaths in the U.S. without the vaccine. A common response from people like VOD and DM is "why do you care what others do if you're vaccinated and wear a mask?" ... how to say you're a sociopath without saying you're a sociopath.

sacjon Dec 16, 2021 07:18 PM
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VOICE - "You and others need to let go of zero covid." I'm about to put my head through the wall I'm banging it against with you here....... I never said we are going to cure covid with the mandates and restrictions, only THAT. IT. HELPS. BETTER. THAN. DOING. NOTHING. Good lord, I'm really worried about you.

sacjon Dec 16, 2021 07:16 PM
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VOICE - got you. Your entire comment bemoans and complains about the fact that despite masks and vax, there are still outbreaks (and no, not significant either). I asked IF we did nothing, not that you said we should do nothing. Read a little more attentively.

So, once again since you failed the first time, what do you suggest? Don't "Good night" me. You haven't earned it yet.

a-1639710248 Dec 16, 2021 07:04 PM
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Where do I say do nothing? Where did I say vaccines don’t help? Why do you always go to the extremes? You keep thinking I’m anti vax, yet I’m vaccinated myself, I’m just very anti vax mandate, especially when we now know, without a doubt, that even in fully vaccinated populations there will still be outbreaks. You and others need to let go of zero covid. Everyone should make their own decision and not be forced, you’ll even end up vaccinating more people that way. Good night.

sacjon Dec 16, 2021 06:55 PM
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VOICE at 6:30 - how much worse do you think it would be if we did nothing? It's absolutely mind boggling that this concept hasn't sunk in with your or your kind yet. Masks and vax aren't 100% effective, no one has ever said that. The vax is indisputably effective at decreasing the number of infections and reducing the severity of symptoms and deaths. Same with renewable energy and everything else you demand perfection before implementation from. We DO NOT HAVE TIME to wait for a full on cure. We have to fight with what we have, even if it's not perfect.

FACT: unvaxxed and unmasked people are dying at a higher rate than masked and vaxed people. This is cold hard FACT. It means ONE THING: The masks and vax are helping.

a-1639708211 Dec 16, 2021 06:30 PM
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Then tell me, with the NFL, NBA , NHL nearly fully vaxxed and are some of the healthiest people in the world, with Cornell having strict covid requirements, masks and fully vaccinated, and they are all still dealing with significant covid outbreaks, what makes you think the pandemic will be over if everyone just wore masks and got vaccinated? Didn’t work for professional sports, didn’t work for Cornell.

a-1639693971 Dec 16, 2021 02:32 PM
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"The result shows that vaccinated individuals who received two doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine had 33% protection against infection, relative to the unvaccinated, in the first weeks of South Africa’s Omicron-driven fourth wave. This represents a significant drop from the 80% protection against infection afforded during the earlier period, probably on the basis of lower antibody susceptibility, following the extensive spike protein mutations in the Omicron variant."

The mRNA vaccines were great to get something out quickly, but with a constantly evolving virus better vaccines that target more portions of the virus will be needed to control covid going foward.

a-1639692924 Dec 16, 2021 02:15 PM
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7:04 - Totally false misinformation. Tell those 211,000 participants in the latest study they don't exist!

https://www.vox.com/22824183/omicron-variant-covid-19-vaccine-south-africa-pfizer-vaccine

GeneralTree Dec 15, 2021 04:32 PM
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FACT CHECK. Fauci did NOT say COVID Vaccines Are ‘Making People Worse’

https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/fauci-covid-vaccine-worse/

Please don't be part of the infodemic.

dukemunson Dec 14, 2021 12:54 PM
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What does vaccinated even mean at this point? Sure Fauci just said that he thinks two doses should still be considered "vaccinated"...how long till that changes? All things considered, vaccinated at this point probably means you have been boostered within 2-3 months...

a-1639729767 Dec 17, 2021 12:29 AM
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No surprise their comments are essentially identical. They are part of the butt snorkeling group that parrots right-wing social media almost exclusively - anti vax, anti health mandates, anti compassion, anti gun control, anti education, anti government. Basically, they're anti-civilization.

a-1639530753 Dec 14, 2021 05:12 PM
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Sources discredit themselves when the publish drivel to serve a false narrative. Those without any critical thinking skills happily swallow the drivel that confirms their bias, and feel some strange urge to foist it on others, despite the fact that it is potentially harmful. That's exactly what the usual band of COVIDIOTS here does.

a-1639529144 Dec 14, 2021 04:45 PM
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Not much point in providing sources anymore Duke. If it’s contrary to the narrative the sheep won’t read it and will discredit the organization that published it, and the people who wrote it, no matter their qualifications far exceed those here.

a-1639528350 Dec 14, 2021 04:32 PM
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Duke is a large volume of comments with no content. VOR is a volume of comments with false content. Not much of a difference as far as useful content, but a detectable difference.

dukemunson Dec 14, 2021 12:50 PM
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Refute it then...and give me a reason why we're going to keep kids masked in school for 2022. The science doesn't back that...lazy/easy one size fits all rule does though...

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