Sixth Sheriff Deputy Tests Positive for Coronavirus

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Update by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
April 1, 2020
 

A sheriff’s deputy is recovering at home after testing positive for COVID-19. The deputy is assigned to patrol at the Santa Maria Station and last worked on Saturday, March 28, 2020. The next day the deputy began experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms. The deputy was tested on Monday, March 30, 2020. The deputy was on regular days off while awaiting test results. On Tuesday, March 31, 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 sixth Sheriff’s Office employee to test positive for COVID-19.


Update by Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
March 30, 2020
 

A Custody Deputy is recovering at home after testing positive for COVID-19. The Custody Deputy is assigned to the Main Jail and last worked on Thursday, March 26, 2020. The following day, a member of the Custody Deputy’s family tested positive for COVID-19, which prompted the remainder of the family to be tested. The Custody Deputy was on regular days off while they awaited test results. On Sunday, March 29, 2020, the Custody Deputy’s test returned as positive for COVID-19. 

In a separate and unrelated incident, another Sheriff’s Deputy has tested positive for COVID-19 and is recovering at home. The Deputy last worked patrol on Wednesday, March 18, 2020. The Deputy began experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms on Thursday, March 19, 2020 and has not returned to work since. The Deputy was tested on Thursday, March 26, 2020 and received the positive test results today, March 30, 2020. 

After consulting with the Public Health Department, no additional staff nor any inmates have been isolated as a result of these new cases.


Source: Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office
March 29, 2020

Two Sheriff's Deputies Test Positive for Coronavirus

Two Sheriff’s Deputies are recovering at home after testing positive for COVID-19. The first deputy was assigned to patrol in the Santa Maria area and last worked patrol on Saturday, March 21, 2020.

The deputy began feeling ill the following day, Sunday, March 22, 2020 and was experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms. The deputy was tested on Monday, March 23, 2020 and began self-isolation. The deputy was notified that the test results were positive for COVID-19 on Friday, March 27, 2020 by Public Health. 

A fellow deputy who had ridden in a patrol car with the first deputy began experiencing COVID-19 related symptoms while at work on Friday, March 27, 2020. The deputy left work, sought medical attention- including testing, and went home to isolate. On Saturday, March 28, 2020 the second deputy was notified that the test results were positive for COVID-19. 

The Sheriff’s Office has been working closely with Public Health to evaluate any potential risk to additional staff or the public. The Sheriff’s Office initiated additional follow-up that included tracing back each of the deputies’ contacts with the public and coworkers in a pro-active effort to identify possible exposures. No additional people have been identified or recommended for self-isolation protocol by Public Health.

The Sheriff’s Office remains steadfast in our commitment to providing the highest quality of law enforcement service during this trying time. While the challenges of controlling the spread of COVID-19 present another layer of safety concerns for deputies, we are dedicated to safely and effectively keeping the peace. 

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a-1585532353 Mar 29, 2020 06:39 PM
Sixth Sheriff Deputy Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Why did it take 5 days for the first deputy to receive test results and one day for the second deputy? Are they prioritizing by risk of exposure? That’s a big difference in turn around time. Also if the first deputy was having Covid symptoms and went home sick, why wouldn’t the dept test both of them out of an abundance of caution? It seems really poor policy to test one and wait for it to come back before quarantining and testing the other.

therealbebe Mar 30, 2020 02:35 AM
Sixth Sheriff Deputy Tests Positive for Coronavirus

That's how it is going. Symptomatic citizens, by and large, are NOT being tested unless they present with the most severe symptoms (and a combination of them) or can prove direct contact with another who has tested positive. That's why the numbers are so skewed - only the sickest are being tested and counted as confirmed.

a-1585597297 Mar 30, 2020 12:41 PM
Sixth Sheriff Deputy Tests Positive for Coronavirus

Sheriff’s deputies are not just regular citizens. They are front line first responders. Way more important for them to be tested than average Joe citizen. Other County employees have been self quarantining for lesser reasons.

a-1585532572 Mar 29, 2020 06:42 PM
Sixth Sheriff Deputy Tests Positive for Coronavirus

We need our sheriffs deputies to be healthy. How many law enforcement personnel have now been exposed because it took 5 days for a test to come back? We need our PH department to be more proactive.

a-1585548487 Mar 29, 2020 11:08 PM
Sixth Sheriff Deputy Tests Positive for Coronavirus

@10:09 pm -That does not answer my question. You are simply repeating what we have already read. When the officer had symptoms and was, tested why wasn’t the other officer, who had been in the patrol car two days earlier, also tested and quarantined? This is the problem. Why isn’t the sheriff taking every precaution? Why isn’t PH and the BOS demanding it?

ChillinGrillin Mar 29, 2020 11:07 PM
Sixth Sheriff Deputy Tests Positive for Coronavirus

It's all going to be okay. The president said it will be over by Easter then "really good things are going to happen." Why then? It's a beautiful day why not

a-1585623571 Mar 30, 2020 07:59 PM
Sixth Sheriff Deputy Tests Positive for Coronavirus

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a-1585579426 Mar 30, 2020 07:43 AM
Sixth Sheriff Deputy Tests Positive for Coronavirus

First tested waited 4 days while second sheriff tested waited 1 day. This demonstrates improvement in turnaround time. Should this be expected to hold up? Also, how are they feeling now? Can they report back experience and process of healing? As public servants this anecdotal information is very helpful to the public.

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