Seventh Sheriff's Deputy Tests COVID-19 Positive

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Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office

A sheriff’s deputy is recovering at home after testing positive for COVID-19.

The deputy last worked patrol in the Santa Maria area on Friday, April 3, 2020. During that shift, the deputy began experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms and went home. The deputy was tested on Saturday, April 4, 2020 and self-isolated at home in San Luis Obispo County while awaiting the test results.

On Tuesday, April 7, 2020, the test returned as positive for COVID-19. After consulting with the Public Health Department, no one else was isolated as a result of this new case.

This is the seventh Sheriff’s Office employee to test positive for COVID-19.

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a-1586623374 Apr 11, 2020 09:42 AM
Seventh Sheriff's Deputy Tests COVID-19 Positive

And what about all the citizens these officers came in contact with? You know, the elderly ones and ones with risky preexisting conditions? It is insanely disappointing and scary that our local first responders are not wearing masks all the time. Not even a majority of them are wearing masks. They stand mere feet apart to chat, captured in every photo of an accident or crime in the last couple of weeks. How can their Chiefs not understand this and mandate masks? It is a true failure on their part. PROTECT and serve, please...

a-1586626521 Apr 11, 2020 10:35 AM
Seventh Sheriff's Deputy Tests COVID-19 Positive

Can we give a citizen's 'ticket' to police for not wearing protective face covering? The County should require ALL employees to wear face masks when at work, period.

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